British-grown radishes hit shops early

In a further sign of the early produce season, Sainsbury's is claiming to be the first supermarket to stock British-grown radishes from yesterday (12 April) - ten days earlier than last year.

Image: HW
Image: HW

It credits the recent warm weather and relatively mild winter with bringing about the early crop of what is typically the first British salad ingredient of the season, growing from seed to harvest in just 25 days.

Norfolk-based East Coast Growers, part of the G's Growers producer organisation, supplies the supermarket with over 1,000 tonnes of the crop each year, starting with the traditional red globe-shaped Celesta variety, from it Norfolk farms.

Its farm manager Scott Watson said: "The mild winter has meant that the radish have grown much faster than usual. It's a real bonus for us to be able to increase the length of the British radish season and get them to Sainsbury's customers earlier than ever before."

Sainsbury’s produce product technologist Lily Peck said: "We've seen demand for radishes increase by 22% in the past year as customers realise how versatile they are.

"As the weather gets warmer they actually get hotter in flavour so if you prefer a milder radish, these early varieties are the perfect choice."

Later this month the retailer will begin selling bunched radishes, and plans to trial different coloured radish varieties this summer.


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