White asparagus, also known as spargel, is mostly found in Germany and parts of northern Europe. It is cultivated by:
- Gently bleaching the stalks before bringing them to market
- Raising them in a warehouse lit by LED full spectrum grow bulbs
- Sheltering the stalks from light, thereby preventing photosynthesis
The answer is: white asparagus is cultivated by sheltering the stalks from light, thereby preventing photosynthesis. This treatment results in a more delicate texture and taste, as well as a white stalk.