Asparagus growers looking forward to bumper crop of quality spears

With the British asparagus season under way tomorrow (23 April), growers are anticipating the largest home-grown crop ever of over half a million kilograms.

Image: Kirstie Young
Image: Kirstie Young

This would put the value of the crop at over £20m, according to the British Asparagus Growers Association.

This is also the first time since 2010 that the majority of growers across England are all cutting in commercial volumes on St George's Day, the traditional start of the British season.

Association chairman and Cobrey Farms partner Chris Chinn said: "The late spring looked like it would scupper the start of the season but the last two weeks fine sunny weather, in the West at least, have pulled the crop back into line to start as planned on 23 April."

He added: "Following a great summer last year the roots are full of energy so the spears should be particularly sweet and tender this year."


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