Early start to asparagus season gives lift to growers

English outdoor-grown asparagus was due to reach supermarket shelves for Easter, as growers look to bounce back from two difficult seasons.

Image: Liz West
Image: Liz West

The current season is a week to ten days ahead of usual, and three weeks ahead of last year's unusually late crop, Asparagus Growers Association chairman Andy Allen said.

"The outside-grown crop is just beginning now, which is nice. There's been no downside to the mild weather. It's welcome after two bad years."

The UK's asparagus hectarage continues to rise, he added.

Meanwhile the percentage of UK households that buy asparagus during the British season has risen from 2 per cent in 2001 to 17 per cent last year, or almost 4.5 million households. 


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