2019 Volume 66 Issue 1 Pages 47-50
Sugars are one of the most important factors determining the taste and texture of asparagus (Asparagus officinalis). In this study, we quantified soluble and insoluble sugars in asparagus spears grown in four different agricultural fields. We measured soil chemical properties in each of the fields, and further investigated the relationship between sugar contents in the spears and soil chemical properties. We found a possible relationship between the contents of glucose and fructose and values of cation exchange capacity, available phosphoric acid, and exchangeable calcium and magnesium in the soil. These findings will be useful information for improving asparagus quality.