An improved indigenous variety
The official presentation of the first improved indigenous variety of green-purple asparagus from Huétor Tájar to take place in spring 2006.
After more than ten years of research, an improved indigenous variety of asparagus will be officially presented this spring which will have a significant impact on crops in the Huétor Tájar area and the rest of the Granada plain. The Secretary General for the Regulatory Body of Specific Denomination for Asparagus from Huétor Tájar, Juan Antonio Espejo, thinks that this improved variety will mean that areas where this indigenous crop is grown will be revitalised and extended. “This year more that 8,000 plants of the improved variety will be grown. Ownership rights for this plant material have been granted by the Regulatory Body to Cesura (Sociedad Cooperativa Centro Sur – Central South Cooperative Society) who are responsible for propagating the number of plants.”
It is a unique octoploid asparagus variety registered in the Spanish Plant Variety Office.
Green-purple asparagus from Huétor Tájar is earmarked nearly always for preserves and is sold in the domestic market. The most important markets are those of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile La Mancha and Madrid where it is considered a gourmet product and hence always sold at high prices.
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