White Asparagus spears are pearly white, thick and rounded. Measuring about 6 to 8 inches in length with rounded, tapered tips. Their flavor is mild and slightly herbaceous with nutty, earthy notes of artichoke and fresh white corn.
White Asparagus offers a lower amount of antioxidants than regular asparagus, a result of the lack of chlorophyll. Rutin, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, glutathione and ferulic acid are all found present in White Asparagus along with vitamins B, A and C. As it hasn't received the nutritional elements of light, white asparagus is more brittle than green asparagus and must be used soon after harvest or the spears quickly turn fibrous and bitter, rendering them inedible. White salad asparagus are tender and sweet, and can be eaten raw or cooked.