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Asparagus spot on for Jubilee weekend after bad start to season
8:20am Saturday 2nd June 2012 in News
Research by the British Asparagus Festival based in the Vale Of Evesham has found that asparagus is the top choice for Jubilee Celebrations this weekend.
Over 1000 people across the UK were asked what they would be serving to mark the Diamond Jubilee and asparagus topped the list. Those questioned ranged from street party organisers through to individuals and chose asparagus (31%) over champagne (27%), strawberries and cream (19%), traditional afternoon tea (15%) and Pims (8%).
Matt Foster, MD of West Growers Ltd., a Worcestershire asparagus growers’ consortium, said: We had a disastrous start to the Vale of Evesham asparagus season due to the rain which saw the cancellation of one of the British Asparagus Festival events due to a lack of asparagus.
The fantastic weather over the last ten days has meant we’ve been able to deliver a bumper crop now but we’re still striving to meet the demand.
I think the initial scarcity helped to increase awareness of this fine vegetable. What’s more, asparagus is a perfect finger food, it’s healthy and it’s British. It’s the perfect touch of luxury to allow people to celebrate the Queen”.
No doubt the Queen herself will be enjoying some asparagus as the first-cut round of Vale Of Evesham asparagus was delivered to her a few weeks ago as part of the Great Asparagus Run.
Angela Tidmarsh, organiser of http://www.britishasparagusfestival.org which continues until 21st June, added: “Red Star Growers in Birlingham, Worcestershire are producing 14 tons of asparagus a day in a bid to keep up with demand and the quality is at its seasonal prime. Supplies may tail off after the weekend so, if you don’t want to miss out, buy English Asparagus now”