UK growers warn of shortage of British leeks ahead of St David’s Day

As people in Wales get ready to mark St David’s Day, they may be confronted by a shortage of British leeks, partly due to the Covid situation. The leek is one of the national symbol of Wales, along with the daffodil, and can be worn as a badge by those marking the annual celebration on March 1.

However, the UK’s supply is now said to have almost run out due to a 15% surge in demand as more people cook from home during the pandemic. Also, last spring’s cold temperatures have led to smaller crops.

Yesterday, the British Leek Growers’ Association said suppliers are having to import more expensive continental leeks from places like the Netherlands to meet demand in time for Wales’s national day.


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