Waitrose "first supermarket to sell Scottish asparagus"

Waitrose says it is the first UK supermarket to offer home-grown asparagus to its Scottish customers.

Image: Waitrose
Image: Waitrose

Grown by James Brunton in Angus for Scotty Brand, the Dutch-bred Gijnlim variety is early and yields many thin spears, and is also popular among amateur growers.

It is the third-generation grower's first asparagus crop, and has benefited from Angus' slightly lower than average rainfall, long summer daylight hours and infrequent frosts.

Waitrose fresh produce buyer Gary Grace said: "We’re very excited about our collaboration with Scotty Brand which has made it possible for James Brunton to provide our Scottish customers with home-grown asparagus for the first time."

Scotty Brand head of marketing Michael Jarvis added: "It is a delicious and nutritious vegetable which is low on food miles and high on taste and is an excellent addition to our range of Scottish foods."

Waitrose says asparagus sales have risen by almost 20% in the last three months, with the supermarket putting its increasing popularity down to its versatility and health benefits.


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