Fresh White Asparagus is more common in Europe than it is in North America. In North America, White Asparagus from China in tins is more common. Wherever it does appear for sale fresh, it is substantially more expensive than green Asparagus.
Foodophiles consider it a delicacy (naturellement), though with your eyes closed you’d be hard-pressed most times to detect any taste difference from green asparagus.
Snap the asparagus to break off the woody end at the bottom. White asparagus eaten raw doesn’t need to be peeled, but cooked white asparagus does as the skin will go tough and get stuck in your teeth. Canned, cooked varieties will already have been peeled.
The cultivation technique for White Asparagus was developed during the 1800s, when growing white vegetables was in vogue.