High yields point to good British sprout sales

This Christmas is set to be a bumper season for British Brussels sprouts, according to Lincolnshire-based grower TH Clements, one of the UK's largest sprout growers.

Commercial director Richard Mowbray said: "Sprouts are yielding well - we are running three weeks ahead because of good weather and potentially the season will finish early in February. They are bigger than they normally would be."

However, prices are quite low, he added, at around 20-30 per cent down on last season. "That pretty much offsets the increase in yields from 5,000 tonnes to 6,000 tonnes, so per acre we're similar to last year."

But given the crop quality, he said: "People will pick up sprouts more than in the past and there is the potential for a bumper sales year. Year-on-year sprout sales are going up with celebrity chefs not doing any harm by using new recipes."


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