Valais Specialties


Spring’s delights

Good to know

Seasonal availability: The sales period corresponds with the harvesting period and extends from early April to mid-June.

Storage: One week in a damp cloth in the refrigerator bin.

Area of cultivation: From Sierre to Collombey (from central Valais to Chablais).

Events: The Asparagus Festival in Saillon in May.

Green, white or purple ?
  • Green asparagus

    Green asparagus does not require mounding. It grows in the open air, and owes its colouring to a chlorophyll synthesis process, which occurs with light. Its colour is then uniformly green. Its distinctive taste is slightly different to that of white asparagus.

  • White asparagus

    White asparagus, the most traditional, is produced in "mound" cultivation, protected from air and light (the asparagus, which is soft, is covered with soil as it grows).

  • Purple-tipped asparagus

    Purple-tipped asparagus is a spear that has pierced the earthen mound: the tip then turns mauve or purple. Its delicious fruity flavour is generally close to that of white asparagus.

Did you know?

  • Asparagus has long been considered a luxury vegetable and was highly prized by the Court of France.

  • It takes three years after planting before being able to harvest the first asparagus.

  • The life expectancy of an asparagus plant is 10 to 15 years.

How to enjoy

Cooked, steamed, grilled, roasted, in salads, soups or by following one of our recipes. Paired with a glass of Johannisberg.

Direct sale of asparagus

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Recipes with asparagus

Brochure - Le goût de l'excellence (French)