Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Purple Passion') in the Asparagus Database

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Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Vegetable
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Bees

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 21, 2013 8:39 PM

Purple asparagus is sweeter than green varieties I've tried, with a slightly nutty taste (to my tongue, anyway). I don't know how they taste cooked; I just eat them raw. I do know they turn green when cooked, and you can see from the cross-section image I posted that they are green inside like any other asparagus. I only have a 6x8 ft. asparagus patch, so I've opted to plant 'Purple Passion' exclusively. So far, they're doing pretty well! A friend who has also started growing them says she thinks they're a little slower to increase than the green ones -- but definitely worth the wait!

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