What is IQF asparagus?
IQF asparagus is a convenient and healthy ingredient for food manufacturers requiring identifiable vegetable pieces in their final product.
The IQF process sees the asparagus cut to size, then frozen rapidly at extremely low temperatures, which helps to keep each piece individual and free of ice crystals.
Crucially, the asparagus retains all its natural colour, flavour and aroma even after defrosting, and its vitamins and minerals also stay in tact – helping to bring excellent nutrition to ready meals and other applications.
Place your order for IQF asparagus with our sales team on +44 (0) 1909 534 000 today.
Where can you buy Asparagus in bulk?
Kiril Mischeff are proud to be a leading supplier of frozen fresh vegetables to the UK food manufacturing industry.
We place great value on good relationships with our suppliers and source all our ingredients from our expert vegetable growers in Peru and China. We cut the asparagus to the correct size, then rapidly freeze it at low temperatures to prevent the asparagus from sticking together in a solid mass. This process is crucial to lock in all the nutrients and vitamins that make this vegetable so popular. The rapid freeze process also retains the asparagus colour and wonderfully familiar aroma, so that once defrosted, it is as though it has just been freshly picked!
Our UK based business with offices in Buckinghamshire and Nottinghamshire can supply this wonderful product.
What are the health benefits of Asparagus?
Asparagus is very low in calories, about 40 calories per cup and is very low on the glycaemic scale. It contains high amounts of nutrients such as folate, copper, potassium, selenium and vitamins A,B,C,E and K. It is also known to be a vegetable high in prebiotic fibre, which means it doesn’t digest very quickly, fermenting in the gut , feeding the good bacteria which are so beneficial to our health. It is also known to be high in antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
How is Asparagus grown and in what season is it harvested?
Asparagus is best planted in early spring, usually in March and grows best in temperate regions around the world. Asparagus loves to be in full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day, but can tolerate some shade. The vegetable thrives in neutral to acidic soil. It takes 2-3 years for the spears to get established enough to cut, so patience is needed to start an asparagus yield but once established they can then be productive for decades! They are known to yield around ½ a pound of spears per foot in a row. Spears need to be harvested when they reach 8-10 inches high and around 1\2 or 3\4 inches thick. Younger, thinner spears are more tender. Harvest usually takes place from mid-late April each year.
What is Asparagus more commonly used for?
The spears are commonly eaten on their own with a dish, or in soups, stir fries, risottos, and salads. The seeds and roots are also used to make medicine.