Truffles from Perigord, Pimenton from La Vera…and yes, asparagus from Navarra! This type of asparagus of famed for its particularly thick stalk that’s extra white and extra tender. It boasts a lovely crunch, free of pesky fibers, which sets it apart from the regular run of the mill variety. All this, plus a mild and buttery taste makes Asparagus from Navarra a coveted delicacy.
Esparragos de Navarra are grown in the Ebro Valley, and are a seasonal produce that is only harvested from March to June. Not only that, it takes about two years from first planting to first harvest, which makes this a rare treat. So rare, indeed, that they’re marked with a protected denomination of origin seal. This means that the entire production process is supervised, ensuring quality and control. And it also means that only asparagus with that seal are worthy of the name “Esparragos de Navarra”!
These meaty asparagus from Spain are canned and preserved in water and salt (brine), so you can drain and use – or snack – right out of the jar. Perfect to serve as a tapas or appetizer, wrap each stalk in smoked salmon and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle of chopped chives. Serve them with a salad to instantly add texture and great flavor – with a soft-boiled egg, they’re just magical! If you’re looking for an accompaniment to your cheese plate, asparagus from Navarra are a great partner to Spanish Manchego and other cheeses from Spain.
These preserved Spanish white asparagus have a long shelf life when sealed, so feel free to stock up. However, once opened, follow directions on jar and consume as appropriate.