Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Imperfect strawberries

British supermarkets have been increasing their willingness to sell fruit and vegetables that do not meet high cosmetic standards in terms of shape and presentation: Wonky veg

However, it has been the more upmarket supermarkets such as Waitrose and Sainsbury's who have been at the forefront of these developments. Hence, I was interested to find in Tesco today 'Perfectly imperfect strawberries' grown in Hereford, stated to be 'less than perfect, just as tasty.' The shapes weren't that odd and they were certainly just as tasty.

This has to be a win-win: food waste is reduced, consumers get a 'five a day' product at a very competitive price and growers are able to get a return on produce that would otherwise go unused.

All we need now is for the Government to get its act together and come up with a successor to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme so that the fruit can be picked. Judging by the speed with which Michael Gove has fulfilled his pledge to do 'whatever it takes' to deal with the consequences of the summer drought, I wouldn't be too hopeful.

On the drought issue, read the NFU's views here: Failure to act

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