Hot news as Carolina Reaper chilli pepper returns to UK stores

It may be the hottest week of the year but things are about to get a lot hotter for the UK’s growing army of chilli pepper fans.

Not only has the recent good weather brought forward the UK’s chilli pepper season by five weeks but it means that there will be twice as many of the notorious Carolina Reaper – the world’s hottest commercially grown variety available this summer.

The pepper, which is grown exclusively for Tesco, by Bedfordshire chilli farmer Salvatore Genovese, was one of the supermarket’s most eagerly sought after products when it first went on sale last year.

Only a sliver of these sensationally hot chilli peppers is needed to excite any dish

Only a sliver of these sensationally hot chilli peppers is needed to excite any dish

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Launch of unique indoor tomato plant that keeps on producing

It’s a dream shared by many people – growing your own tasty fruit and vegetables but not everybody has a garden or the required space to do so.

Now a new unique and super-productive indoor tomato plant is being launched by Tesco aimed at helping people living in urban areas without gardens.

The mini tomato plant has been naturally developed over the last five years by produce experts who have bred together varieties to come up with one that is small, compact and most importantly very productive.

The amazing little plant produces up to 150 tomatos

The amazing little plant produces up to 150 tomatoes

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English asparagus arrives in March – over three weeks early

You can't beat English asparagus which is hailed by foodies as the best in the world

You can’t beat English asparagus which is hailed by foodies as the best in the world

One of the UK’s most eagerly-awaited annual vegetables, English asparagus, will go on sale more than three weeks earlier than usual at Tesco stores across the UK today (Thursday March 29).

The high quality Jubilee variety has been exclusively grown for the supermarket in Suffolk.

The English variety is traditionally available from late April and is often regarded as one of the best in the world because of the UK’s near ideal growing climate – with the right balance between perfect soil, sun and rain.

The recent sunshine has brought the harvest forward this year, meaning that remarkably, customers will be able to enjoy British asparagus in March.