Asparagus on a roll as harvesting continues

New Zealand asparagus growers say good weather has produced a high quality of crops this season.

Asparagus is grown throughout New Zealand with the key growing regions being Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Horowhenua and Canterbury. 

Chairman of the New Zealand Asparagus Council Mike Arnold said harvesting is going well.

"The weather has been kind to us and the quality and taste of New Zealand grown asparagus is excellent this season," he said.

However it is going to be a relatively short season.

"We expect asparagus harvesting to finish early to mid-December," said Mr Arnold.

In a typical season, growers produce about 2,000 to 2,200 tonnes. 

While most of that is enjoyed here, Mr Arnold said there is a growing export market, with the Japanese particularly keen on the sweeter flavour of New Zealand-grown asparagus.