Another difficult week has passed, but it feels like supply has steadied and albeit with some exceptions, prices reflect this.
Certain products are still proving expensive because of either short supply or change in season. These currently include:

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Potatoes

  • Apples

  • Citrus fruits

  • Cabbages

  • Peppers

However, products that are currently great to buy, with both an affordable price and excellent quality for the season, include:

  • Grapes

  • Cucumbers

  • Tomatoes

  • Courgette

  • Aubergines

  • Jersey Royals

  • Asparagus

In addition to the wonderful Jersey Royal that we spoke about last week, asparagus is another excellent UK product that is coming into season now. Asparagus is dubbed the king of the vegetable world, because it transcends most veg and has spears that can grow up to 10cm in just one day. This vegetable has grown immensely in popularity in recent years and we are now at the start of the much-anticipated British asparagus season.

Asparagus is a distant cousin of the onion, with a history that dates back over 2,000 years. This vegetable is believed to have originated in eastern Mediterranean countries, with wild asparagus being found in Egypt and Africa that date back to similar times. It is widely accepted that a French variation of the vegetable made its way over the Channel and was first cultivated in the UK in the seventieth century. Over time this evolved into the asparagus that we know and love today.

Asparagus comes in three different colours: green, purple and white. Whilst green is the most common and popular colour in the UK, white and purple asparagus are now also more readily available. The green asparagus has the boldest flavour of the three colours and is grown above ground in direct sunlight. In contrast, the ghost-like colour of white asparagus is achieved by simply depriving it of sunlight; this type of asparagus has a milder flavour and is preferred in many European countries. White asparagus is often more expensive due to the more laborious farming process. Purple asparagus first came about in the Albenga region of Italy and has a nuttier, fruitier taste due to its higher sugar content.