Welsh grower breaks record

Earliest ever British strawberries on supermarket shelves

This Thursday, the very first UK strawberries of 2018 went on sale. A Welsh fruit grower has broken the record for picking the earliest ever British strawberries -greenhouse grown- and getting them on the shelves.

The strawberries, grown by Springfield Nursery near Cowbridge (south Wales), went on sale in Tesco’s Bridgend Extra store. The discount supermarket Aldi was also selling strawberries at its store in Bridgend.

Once a fleeting treat, associated with the few weeks around Wimbledon, strawberries have now become a staple supermarket item, thanks to a longer British growing season and a supply of imported produce. Historically, in England, strawberries started appearing on 1 May and were available until the end of September.

Theguardian.com reports on the strawberry variety now on sale being the ‘Favori’ , which has a distinctive vivid colour and produces large berries that are not too crunchy.


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