Sold as individual root crowns
‘Purple Passion’ has a sweet flavor (20% more sugar!) which becomes mildly nutty when cooked. In April and May, a heavy yield of attractive smoky purple spears is produced. They can be harvested for about eight weeks before the plants go to seed. The spears are tall and have pointed heads. They are a bit more narrow than ‘Jersey Giant’, but wider than others in the Jersey series. These purple spears are not stringy like typical asparagus and the whole spear can be cooked without wasting the end. The spears turn green when cooked. This variety has some resistance to rust, root and crown rots, and fusarium.