A mild April has kickstarted asparagus season, with many stores stocking a British crop in time for the Easter holidays. The season traditionally starts on St George’s day, April 23. Some parts of the country have had the right weather conditions to enable growers to start harvesting crop in the last days of March, the earliest recorded season start date.
While there will not be huge quantities – the vast majority of growers are expecting to start harvesting in the second and third week in April – some lucky customers will be able to enjoy British asparagus that has been grown in the open over the coming week.
British food lovers and chefs are eagerly awaiting the third week in April when the outdoor asparagus is widely available in all outlets. British asparagus has enjoyed a year on year rise in popularity over the last ten years. The percentage of households in the UK that buy asparagus during the British season has risen from 2.1% in 2001 to 16.5% last year, approximately 3.7 million new households of asparagus lovers.