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Shangri-La's Barr al Jissah to showcase 'edible ivory'.

ShangriA[degrees]La's Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa's three speciality restaurants, Sultanah, Bait al Bahr and Capri Court will offer the 'edible ivory' A[degrees] or white asparagus A[degrees] which is currently dominatA[degrees] ing the vegetable markets in Europe, from May 12 to 26.

The fleshy succulent spears of the white asparagus have been considered a delicacy since ancient times. Every spring, from late April until June, white asparagus makes a brief appearance in markets in most European countries. Its appearance is so brief that it is called 'the royal or queen vegetable', making it very popA[degrees] ular and highly in demand.

White asparagus is grown completely deprived of sunlight, which prevents it from turning green. This elusive method gives pale white asparagus a more delicate flavour and less bitterness, making it more tender than its green counterpart. Asparagus is well known as a lowA[degrees]calorie source of folate and potassium, and its stalks are high in antiA[degrees]oxidants.

White asparagus is traditionally boiled with butter and served with hollandaise sauce. The resort's three speciality restaurants will showcase this rare spring delicacy in their own special ways.

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:May 16, 2013
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