Reader question: what is the difference between green and white asparagus?

9 Jan

Tasty spears

Q: What is the difference between green asparagus and white asparagus?

A: White asparagus is essentially green asparagus that has been deprived of light while it grows. Soil is piled on top of the white asparagus as it grows, meaning it can’t photosynthesise and produce chlorophyll, as green asparagus does. In terms of taste, white asparagus has a sweeter, more delicate taste than its green cousin. It’s delicious served with butter and a pinch of white pepper, or with the classic combination of boiled eggs. 

BBC Good Food has some great asparagus recipes and the best ways to prepare it, which you can find here.

Thanks to Priyanka for emailing us her question! If you have a query you’d like us to help you with, send us an email at or tweet it to us at @AHappyHostess.


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