Britain could have its best crop of outdoor grown asparagus in nearly ten years, Morrisons vegetable buyers have predicted.
In a press release, the UK retailer said intelligence on growing conditions from its farmers, and a forecast three month heat wave, would mean 2015’s asparagus crop could increase by up to 20%.
“Growing conditions look like they are going to be perfect,” said Morrisons asparagus buyer David Bartle. “The good weather will not only affect the amount of asparagus grown but also the quality of the crop. We could have the most exceptional year since 2007.”
Morrisons asparagus crop will arrive in store on 27 April. Most of the crop will originate from the supermarket’s outdoor growers in the Vale of Evesham and Kent.
The exceptionally warm growing conditions augur well for tender spears with tight heads which will taste sweet and fresh, the company said.
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