Tesco set to slash price of cauliflower after winter vegetables that flowered ...

Tesco set to slash price of cauliflower after winter vegetables that flowered ...
Tesco set to slash price of cauliflower after winter vegetables that flowered ...
Cauliflower cheese AGAIN, mum? 500,000 winter vegetables that flowered too late for Xmas are finally harvested after 'worst growing conditions in years' - but Tesco buys the lot to sell for 49p instead of 79p The humble white vegetable - commonly served doused in cheese - is usually a family favourite at Christmas But farmers say cauliflower crops, which are usually harvested at the end of October, have only just flowered Growers have blamed the late cauliflower harvest on 'some of the worst growing conditions for many years' Tesco is now slashing the price of the vegetable by up to 30p in a bid to clear the post-Christmas surplus

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Half a million cut price cauliflowers are set to hit supermarket shelves because of harvesting delays.

The humble white vegetable - commonly served doused in cheese - is usually a family favourite on Christmas dinner tables.

But farmers say their cauliflower crops, which are usually harvested at the end of October, have only just flowered.

Growers have blamed the late harvest on 'some of the worst growing conditions for many years'. Retailers even had to ship in cauliflowers from Europe in a bid to meet the festive demand.

But consumers are now set to benefit, with supermarket Tesco slashing the price of the vegetable in a bid to clear the post-Christmas surplus.

It means savvy shoppers will be able to snap up cauliflowers for 30p cheaper than normal over the next fortnight.

Hundreds of thousands of cut-price cauliflowers are set to hit supermarket shelves because of harvesting delays

Hundreds of thousands of cut-price cauliflowers are set to hit supermarket shelves because of harvesting delays

Farmers say their cauliflower crops, which are usually harvested at the end of October, have only just flowered

Farmers say their cauliflower crops, which are usually harvested at the end of October, have only just flowered

Top Trumps: The humble cauliflower 

Family: Brassica - also known as the mustard family

Originally grown: In Asia and around the Mediterranean Sea. In Western Europe it became popularly associated with Cyprus in the 12th century and seeds were apparently shipped from there.

Typically sown: Anytime from February to May but typically in April

Harvested: Typically around October to November in the UK 

Where are most grown?: China is the world’s leading producer of cauliflower. 

The good stuff: Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin C

Best known UK recipe: Cauliflower cheese 

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Produce buying manager Sam Miller, who works at Tesco, who have vowed to help manage the surplus, said: 'Cauliflower is one of the festive vegetables that is extremely popular with Christmas dinner and as a result we order

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