Extra-large raspberry from Berryworld Plus breeding programme kicks off the English season

Waitrose says it will be the first supermarket to sell new-season English-grown raspberries, from this Sunday (2 April), thanks to a new UK-bred variety.

Image: Waitrose
Image: Waitrose

Grown under glass in West Sussex at Hall Hunter Partnership's specialist Leythorne Nursery, the Berry Jewel variety is an early and extra-large form. Recent sunny weather has helped raise sugar levels in the fruit.

Berry Jewel was bred by Berryworld Plus, a programme run by breeder and propagator Edward Vinson, soft fruit marketer BerryWorld and Hall Hunter, and went into commercial production two years ago.

Waitrose fruit buyer Nicki Baggott said: "Spring heralds the start of British seasonal fruit and veg. Our raspberries will be joining Jersey Royals and English asparagus which have also appeared on our shelves in the past few weeks."

The 125g packs retail at £3.00.


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