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.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Can a labour crisis be averted in the UK berry industry?

Can a labour crisis be averted in the UK berry industry?

Failure to secure sufficient supply of seasonal labour would not only cripple Britain's thriving soft-fruit industry but would hit affordability and availability of a healthy everyday food, according to a report by agricultural consultancy Andersons Midlands for industry body British Summer Fruits (BSF).

How will a reduced European apple harvest impact on UK growers?

How will a reduced European apple harvest impact on UK growers?

British top fruit growers concerned about the impact of this season's late frost can take some comfort from the situation on the Continent, where according to analysts, damage to tree fruit is at least as bad.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - White mould

Pest & Disease Factsheet - White mould