New Jumbo size Asparagus spears are more suitable for grilling

Move over burgers and sausages – here comes trendy new BBQ asparagus

A Herefordshire asparagus farmer has helped fixed a problem for BBQ fans who love grilling the vegetable, but find the regular spears can be too delicate for cooking on a griddle. 

Chris Chinn, managing director of one of the UK’s biggest asparagus growers, Cobrey Farms in Ross-on-Wye, worked with Tesco who will this week launch the UK’s first dedicated BBQ range. The new Jumbo size Asparagus spears are much thicker which will help them from rolling through the grill and into the burning charcoal.  

Tesco asparagus buyer Anna Baker said: “Over the last few years especially, asparagus has become increasingly popular as a healthy treat to add to the BBQ and during the spring and summer season demand jumps by about 25 per cent.

“These asparagus spears have a distinct visual difference against the rest of our range as they have a much thicker spear which makes them perfect for the BBQ. The thicker spears give a sweeter and tender taste and eating experience.” 

Cobrey Farms is a family business that as well as asparagus, grows green beans, blueberries, rhubarb and potatoes on 3,500 acres of land. Cobrey Farms has supplied Tesco with asparagus for more than 20 years.

Chris Chinn: “The taste of BBQ’d asparagus is absolutely wonderful but some enthusiasts have a problem with regular-sized spears that can be quite thin and difficult to cook on a griddle. So we’ve selected far chunkier spears that are much juicier and perfect for cooking on a BBQ.” 

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