The Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety for March is the ‘NJ1113’ asparagus! It was developed through the Rutgers breeding program to improve asparagus quality for consumers and production for commercial growers, locally and internationally. ‘NJ1113’ produces yields up to 30% greater than previous varieties. It also has the added benefit of being highly disease resistant and rust resistant, which reduces the need for fungicides, thus lowering the cost of production and improving public health. Nutritional benefits of asparagus include antioxidants, which prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. ‘NJ1113’ is an elite all-male hybrid with consistently high yields and good spear quality.
Rutgers University asparagus research is conducted through the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, which is located within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.