Waitrose has welcomed an extra early asparagus season which is due to arrive in shops from Saturday 26th February.  Standard UK asparagus season is from mid to late April so this year’s harvest is eight weeks early thanks to a warmer start to 2022.

Lucy Darby-Smith, Waitrose Vegetable Buyer comments, “We know how much our customers enjoy home-grown British asparagus which is why we’re delighted that this year’s crop will be available earlier than usual.  It’s a clear sign that spring is on its way and we’re certainly looking forward to the warmer weather.”

The bumper crop of British asparagus has been grown by Sandy Booth on his farm in the New Forest, where the unseasonably warm January temperatures and the natural use of coir (which warms up much quicker than soil) has led to an early harvest this year.

Asparagus grower, Sandy Booth says, “By using the coir, we’re confident that this early crop will be some of the tastiest asparagus on the market.  Perfect for enjoying alongside a creamy hollandaise or in a simple salad with free range eggs.

Early Season UK Asparagus will be available in Waitrose stores for £3.50 from Saturday 26th February.

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