Netherlands fifth-largest asparagus producer in Europe
Asparagus areas in the Netherlands
Dutch asparagus cultivation mainly in Limburg and Noord-BrabantLast year, the province of Limburg accounted for 61 percent of all asparagus production in the Netherlands, while Noord-Brabant province held a share of 34 percent. The asparagus harvest is largest in north Limburg and southeast Noord-Brabant. The cultivation area increased by 115 ha in Noord-Brabant and by 112 ha in Limburg. Although asparagus is also grown in other Dutch provinces, production remains limited there.
Asparagus areas in Europe, 2015
Asparagus popular in GermanyWith a harvested area in excess of 20 thousand ha, Germany was the EU’s top producer of asparagus in 2015, followed by Spain with 11 thousand ha. The Netherlands held fifth place in Europe with nearly 3 thousand ha.
The Netherlands also takes up fifth place with around 17 thousand tonnes of white asparagus (nicknamed “white gold”), while Germany heads the list with 114 thousand tonnes. Asparagus is the most cultivated vegetable crop in Germany and onions rank second. In the Netherlands, onions are by far the most common vegetable crop.
Asparagus crops in Europe, 2015
Export and transit trade mainly to European countriesOf the 17.1 million kilos of asparagus produced in the Netherlands in 2015, one-fifth was intended for export. Around half of Dutch asparagus exports goes to Germany, one-fifth to France and one-tenth to Belgium.
The bulk of locally sold asparagus is home-grown. A small share is imported; this mainly concerns asparagus for sale outside the traditional Dutch asparagus season. In 2015, Peru was the main supplier of asparagus with nearly 10 million kilos. France accounted for almost 700 thousand kilos and the United States for almost 600 thousand kilos. Most asparagus grown abroad is re-exported, especially to Germany and Belgium.