Season's first UK-grown asparagus hits retailer's shelves

Marks & Spencer is selling what it says is the first UK-grown asparagus of the season, with mild winter and cold-resistant varieties grown in unheated polytunnels helping the season start three weeks earlier than last year.

The retailer sources from Cobrey Farms, home of the Wye Valley Asparagus brand, where water capture is employed using a network of grass-lined waterways to channel rainfall into an on-farm reservoir for reuse. The crop is also described as "pesticide-residue free".

Farm partner John Chinn said: "We really want to drive the British asparagus industry forwards in the most sustainable and natural way."

Marks & Spencer sells 100g packs of UK asparagus tips, 200g packs of UK asparagus spears and 125g packs of UK extra-fine asparagus, each for £3.

It also claims to be the first retailer to stock this season's indoor-grown Jersey Royal potatoes. Grown by the Jersey Royal Company and packed by Manor Fresh, they sell at £3.99 for a 500g bag.


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