Asparagus was cultivated and consumed by the Ancient Romans; however it was only introduced to England during the sixteenth century.
Asparagus did not become popular until the early eighteenth century, when it grew a reputation for being an exotic and interesting accompaniment to other dishes. The infamous chef Mrs Beeton even created numerous recipes using asparagus in many ways, such was its prevalence in Victorian England.
Silver asparagus servers are an item which became de rigéur at the dinner table during the Victorian era, with its strict social conventions on dining decorum and formal parties.
‘Manners and Tone of Good Society’ was the seminal guide to Victorian dining - published in 1880 - featured asparagus servers and the etiquette around consuming the rather cumbersome and awkwardly shaped vegetable with all the elegance and sophistication that was expected of the Victorian high society.
What Are Asparagus Servers?