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Experience picking, cooking and eating fresh asparagus
Edgecombe Brothers Estate in Henley Brook is hosting its spring series of Asparagus Master Classes starting on September 2, back in 2013 due to popular demand.
Edgecombe Brothers is famous for its springtime asparagus production, growing about four tonnes a year for use in the cafe and for sale at the cellar door from late August. It is one of the first WA producers to sell asparagus each year, with most of the southwest producers' first pickings not available for around another three weeks.
Alf Edgecombe cooking aspagarus for
Alfred Edgecombe, son of one of the original Edgecombe brothers, runs the Asparagus Master Class program. "We invite guests to bring their gumboots to join with me as we roam the asparagus patch, finding out about how it's grown and how to harvest it. The other key part of the experience is cooking and tasting the asparagus afterwards, alongside our wines".
The classes run daily between September 2 and December 12 with a minimum of two people and a maximum of 22. The cost is $48.50 on weekdays and $58.50 on weekends. Booking is essential.
Your ticket includes tea and coffee to start the morning followed by a short walk to the closest asparagus patch where the guests' lunch needs are picked on the spot.
An asparagus field
At lunchtime, the group returns to the café (read a review of the Cafe here) to watch the asparagus being cooked and then enjoys a leisurely lunch and wine tasting, followed by dessert or a cheese selection. The class closes at 2pm and participants take away a 250g pack of Edgecombe asparagus and a recipe starter pack.
People can book through the Swan Valley Visitor's Centre online at or by phoning Edgecombe Brothers on 9296 4307.
Edgecombe Estate is at 1733 Gnangara Rd (corner of Gnangara and West Swan Roads), Henley Brook.