Photography Credit: Elise Bauer
Fluctuating temperatures and unpredictable weather patterns have caused asparagus to grow with crooked stems.Now a major supermarket is selling cut-price, crooked asparagus.
Asparagus is one of the most expensive vegetables one can buy in Britain, yet the crooked asparagus will retail for £1, which is a record-low price for this particular vegetable.
The early spring this year has pushed asparagus to break soil early.Their shoots track the sun across the sky, and this, in addition to early onset of spring-level solar exposure, makes some of the asparagus grow catawampus.
The oscillation of temperatures back and forth between hot and cold this spring has also caused asparagus spears to vary greatly in length.It's usually retailed at £1.75 per bundle, and the uprightness of the spear is typically what differentiates between good and great asparagus.
James Dale works for an asparagus supplier called Flamingo Produce.He commented: "The warm early spring and temperature fluctuations has resulted in ten to fifteen percent of our asparagus crop growing wonky this spring.But it's only their shape which is different. Growing asparagus takes many years of hard work so we're grateful that this part of the crop is being sold on to customers and will not be wasted."