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In this chapter we discuss one of the most characteristic and sought after products of the province of Vicenza, with a sweet and bitter taste, the Asparago Bianco from Bassano.

Asparago Bianco from Bassano, a delight from the upper Vicenza area, is one of the excellence of the Veneto region, typical especially of Bassano del Grappa and neighboring municipalities. In this area, along the course of the Brenta river, the asparagus has found its ideal territory, thanks to the sandy soil, not very calcareous and well drained. Its peculiarity lies in still being a sprout, in fact it is still harvested when it is underground, completely in the absence of light, to avoid the color change.

Asparago Bianco from Bassano

Bassano asparagus has the D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) and must be white-pink in color, with a bitter-sweet taste, straight and whole, must not be absolutely empty, broken or peeled.

Asparago Bianco from Bassano

The legend says that it was Saint Anthony of Padova who spread knowledge about the cultivation of asparagus in the Bassano area, in fact, the end of the harvest season traditionally takes place on June 13, the day of the anniversary of the saint's death.

Other findings come from the Venetian chronicles where, as early as 1534. there is the purchase of white asparagus for the banquets of the doges.

Asparago Bianco from Bassano

Today it is possible to buy them in the stalls of the gardeners of the various markets of Bassano del Grappa and the neighboring municipalities in the period between April and May, or tasting them in the numerous events and parties that are organized in the restaurants and squares of the territory. Tradition has it that they must be eaten simply, with a quick boil in the water and two hard-boiled eggs.

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