Foreign asparagus sold in supermarkets for first time in years as British supplies dwindle

Asparagus supplies in the UK have decreased during the past two months due to spring frosts.

Because of this, retailers and wholesalers have had to sell non-British asparagus for the first time in almost a decade.


The UK has been exposed to the frostiest April on record during the past three months.

There have been below-average temperatures and two months of drought.


This has meant many British crops have struggled and some have been completely devastated.


“We have been desperately short," said British Asparagus Association chairman Chris Chinn.


"Yields are well under half so far compared to an average year.

“I hope yields are up to 60 percent to 70 percent by the time we get to the end of June.

“It’s been an absolutely shocking spring season for all crops, but we’re supposed to be harvesting asparagus and there’s no opportunity to catch up.”


Andy Allen, owner of Norfolk-based Portwood Asparagus said: “Prices have been higher, certainly in the early part of the season.


“They’ve settled a bit now. But because growers aren’t going to get the tonnages, the prices are likely to go up again fairly soon.”