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Friday 27 March 2015

English raspberries on sale in March for first time ever !

Raspberries with leaves

Raspberries can be a low carbers more friendly fruit, and English raspberries are making their earliest-ever appearance on supermarket shelves after a trial crop was grown during the sunniest winter since records began.

Waitrose will stock the Chichester glasshouse-grown Diamond Jubilee berries from 26 March, claiming it is the first time consumers have been able to enjoy locally grown varieties in March.

The berries are grown in glasshouses by Harry Hall, who supplied the supermarket with the first strawberries of the season earlier this month.

Laurence Olins, chairman of industry body British Summer Fruits, said the berries were the result of a trial plot of the "very sweet" Diamond Jubilee berries planted by Mr Hall.

Just 200kg of the berries are expected this week, but there should be around a tonne produced every week afterwards.

Mr Olins said: "This is probably the earliest we've seen English raspberries."

The early delivery follows British-grown strawberries becoming available weeks earlier than previous years.

This is thanks to the weather this winter, which the Met Office has said was the sunniest since records began in 1929.

The figures for rainfall and temperature were average, but the number of sunny days was 125% of the long-term average.

Waitrose's raspberry buyer Nicki Baggott said: "This is the first time we've been able to offer British-grown raspberries so early in the year.

"It's incredibly unusual to have these ready in March, but a combination of growing techniques and the perfect weather have meant we can sell these juicy delights earlier than ever."

Raspberries were once regarded as a late summer crop, but British Summer Fruits said growers are using new varieties and innovative methods to extend the season.

Original article here

All the best Jan


tess said...

:-D the first nice raspberries i find at a good price, i'll make the raspberry chia-seed jam from All Day I Dream About Food. i'm tantalized, thinking about it in a layer between slabs of almond-flour cake for an Easter dessert....

Lowcarb team member said...

Chia seeds have grown in use and popularity recently.Like the sound of your Easter dessert Tess,

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Those raspberries look delicious. Must add them to my weekend shopping list.

Jenny S

Anonymous said...

Berries are natures bounties.

Kath (retired HCP )

Red Rose Alley said...

oh, these raspberries look delicious. My husband just planted raspberries in his garden last weekend, and we'll see how they grow. They are so good for us.