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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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.


First UK grown strawberries of the year to go on sale in February

Lancashire growers have pulled off a coup by getting the first UK grown strawberries of the year on supermarket shelves in February.

It’s believed to be one of the earliest ever arrivals for Britain’s favourite home-grown fruit, having been helped by a mild winter and the recent warmer temperatures.

The first English strawberries will be on sale at selected Tesco stores from today Tuesday (February 28).

Medlar managing director Steve Bell with some of the  first UK strawberries of the season credit:  leeboswellphotography.com

Medlar managing director Steve Bell with some of the first UK strawberries of the season
credit: leeboswellphotography.com

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