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Britain Gripped By Veg Shortage

Really never thought we’d have to report something like this, but yes, we’re sad to report that healthy food fanatics might experience small price hikes at the supermarket on certain fruits and veg in the next few weeks as Britain experiences a veg shortage.

Whilst obviously there is still a steady supply of green things arriving in the UK, unfortunately prices may change to reflect low availability.

First off, the problem is due to our own off notion that the veg we like should always be available – even when some favourites out of season. We have become a little greedy with our veg habits, and expecting stuff that normally grows in the Summer in February is obviously part of the issue.

Thirty years ago you’d never have worried about buying lettuce in the middle of the winter – lettuces were things that grew in the summer and you ate them in the summer – you ate cauliflowers and Brussels sprouts in the winter

Said Lord Haskins, the former chairman of Northern Foods, which supplies Tesco.

ALERT Britain Gripped By Veg Shortage Image2The key issue which led to the shortage has been bad weather in Spain and Italy – very warm places where we get veg like courgettes, a vegetable which is so blatantly out of season right now that it begs the question why we are importing it from so far away anyway.

So, this in mind, the best possible thing you can try to do to avoid price hikes and missing out on your favourites is perhaps take a more seasonal approach to vegetables – as in, eat what’s in season and buy British produce that is cheap and readily available.

Tender summer veg like broccoli, courgette, iceberg lettuces, spinach, cabbages and basically anything imported from Spain, Greece and Italy that will die if it gets too cold are all in short supply.

On the other hand, British farmers grow things like beetroot, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, chicory, fennel, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, red cabbage, swede and turnips during the cold winter months, so stick to those at this time of the year.

A spokesman for the government has reported that there is indeed a “situation” with vegetable supplies, and that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are “monitoring” it – whatever that means.