Asparagus Verde

Asparagus Verde

The asparagus harvest is now in full swing and the pickers are out in force this morning even though it is Sunday. The vega around Huétor Tajar is famous for its green asparagus. Yesterday in the Ideal (regional newspaper) there was a full page article about the asparagus of Huétor Tajar. It is famed for its quality and is a unique variety. Three million kilos are harvested here every year. We took this couple in their field on my morning walk today. You can buy the asparagus direct from the farmers in the fields or from the co-operative on the outskirts of Huetor Tajar. I microwave it in an earthenware dish in a little water. One local farmer suggested that I should add a little whisky to the water, I might try that.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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