The early British asparagus season is announced by Waitrose.

February 28, 2023

The early British asparagus season is announced by Waitrose.


Waitrose has embraced an early asparagus season that will begin on February 21 and enter stores nine weeks earlier than usual. Customers of Waitrose will be able to enjoy British asparagus for even longer this year because the season typically begins on St. George’s Day (April 23).


We are thrilled that this year’s crop will be available earlier than usual, making our 2023 season the earliest to date. Sam Witherington, Waitrose Vegetable Buyer, states, “We know how much our customers appreciate home-grown British asparagus.


The abundant harvest is cultivated in recycled strawberry coir, which warms up more quickly than regular soil and gives our asparagus a distinctively sweet flavour.


“We’ve been developing our asparagus plantation over the last five years and have applied our expertise with producing strawberries to growing the perfect asparagus,” says asparagus grower Sandy Booth of New Forest Fruit. We can reuse about 4.5 million litres of leftover material by using recycled composted strawberry coir, and we can use microbiology to make the best fertiliser we can for our asparagus.


We are dedicated to collaborating with our natural surroundings, in addition to growing the best and earliest British asparagus available only for Waitrose clients.


Early Season UK Asparagus will be priced at £3.50 and available in Waitrose shops and online starting on February 21. Full stock will be available starting on February 27.


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