Between St George’s Day on 23 April to Midsummer’s Day on 21 June, it’s the Vale of Evesham Asparagus season. Although you can pick up local asparagus outside of this window, it’s generally perceived to be the best time at which to experience ‘Vale Gras’, as it’s affectionately known locally.

This precious vegetable is exclusive to this area having being granted protected food name status which specifically links it to a particular geographical area and indicates a certain level of quality. Asparagus grown in the Vale of Evesham is the only place to try this delicacy whether you decide to purchase it from one of the many local farm shops or visit one of the cafes and restaurants in the area that will be serving it.

Enjoy Asparagus Guide

To help connoisseurs find their way around the green ‘gras, we’ve put together this handy guide to give you the history of the area’s most famous vegetable as well and tips and advice on cooking it to get the best flavours.

If you don’t trust yourself with the cooking, you’ll find a list of places where you can enjoy it without the effort.

You’ll soon realise why it’s such a focal point of the local area!

For more information on Vale of Evesham Asparagus, take a visit to its official website. You’ll find out about the quirky characters that often make world-wide news, find out more about its history, get access to plenty of asparagus recipes and find out the best places to experience it, whether it be farm shops, restaurants or even events!

For social media updates on this years asparagus season please follow @thebritishasparagusfestival and @ValeandSpa on Facebook.