As British stocks decline, retailers in the United Kingdom are selling foreign asparagus for the first time in years.
Due to spring frosts, ASPARAGUS supplies in the UK have declined over the last two months. As a result, for the first time in nearly a decade, shops and distributors have been forced to sell non-British asparagus.
Supermarkets in the United Kingdom take pride in offering produce grown from here in the country, particularly fruit and vegetables. However, due to a shortage of asparagus, grocery shops have been forced to sell foreign varieties of the item for the first time in years.
Due to April frosts, British asparagus supplies are low this year.
During the last three months, the UK has had the coldest April on record.
Temperatures have been below average, and there has been a drought for the past two months.
As a result, many British crops have struggled, with some completely destroyed.
Asparagus growth has slowed as a result of the cold, resulting in fewer available from producers to sell in British stores.
Asparagus is typically grown in open fields covered in polythene.
Last month, retailers and distributors were forced to rely on imported asparagus, according to Chris Chinn, chairman of the British Asparagus Association.
This was the first time since 2013 that British shops had to rely on foreign growers to supply asparagus.
Asparagus arrived from all over the world, including Peru.
“We’ve been severely short,” Mr Chinn remarked.
“Compared to a normal year, yields are significantly below half thus far.
“By the end of June, I expect yields to be in the 60 percent to 70 percent range.
“The spring season has been absolutely horrible for all crops, but we’re expected to be harvesting asparagus, and there’s no way to catch up.”
Mr. Chinn also works as a crop farmer in Worcestershire.
The asparagus season typically starts in the second half of April and lasts until the end of June.
This is due to the fact that growers must provide time for the following season’s harvest to mature.
Prices of asparagus have risen, according to Andy Allen, proprietor of Norfolk-based Portwood Asparagus, and will continue to rise if supplies of the produce stay low.
“Prices have been higher, notably in the early part of the season,” Mr Allen added.
“They’ve calmed down a little bit now. However, because growers are unlikely to receive the tonnages, prices are likely to rise again soon.”
Despite the fact that asparagus supplies in the United Kingdom have been delayed, several stores have stated that they will continue to stock the product. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”