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British cauliflowers that flowered too late for Christmas to be sold off cheap this January


Tesco will be selling cauliflower reduced from 79p to 49p (Picture: PA)

There are so many ways to enjoy cauliflower – from baking it in cheese, to roasting it in spices.

And it seems there’s never been a better time to dig out your cauliflower recipes. 

That’s because half a million cauliflowers that flowered too late for Christmas are to be sold at a reduced rate from January.

The lack of cold nights in August and September last year delayed cauliflower growth – but now the veg has flowered slightly later than usual, the surplus will be sold at a discounted price.

There’s a bumper crop ready now (Picture: PA)
Half a million cauliflowers have flowered late (Picture: PA)

Tesco has pledged to help manage the late bloomers and has bought an extra 500,000 cauliflowers from grower TH Clements, based near Spalding in Lincolnshire.

The supermarket will sell the vegetable with 40% off during January – reduced from 79p to 49p.

Over the festive season, retailers were forced to import the vegetable from France and Spain – in order to meet demand.

Richard Mowbray, commercial director at TH Clements, described the growing conditions as ‘the worst for many years’ and says this hit the company hard – as they missed out on the Christmas market.

The lack of cold nights in August and September last year delayed growth (Picture: PA)
Time to dig out your cauliflower recipes (Picture: PA)

Richard says: ‘The plants did not flower at the right time, which is the end of October and beginning of November.

‘Instead they started flowering in December, meaning they were a month behind schedule.

‘Now we have a large surplus of cauliflowers and some of these would be going to waste had Tesco not stepped in to help.’

Some places will be selling them with 40% off during January (Picture: PA)
Cauliflowers being harvested by workers at TH Clements vegetable growers (Picture: PA)

Despite issues in December, the bumper crop of British cauliflower is now ready to go.

And with Veganuary in full swing, now seems like the perfect time to enjoy the vegetable.

Especially considering you’ll save money on it, too.

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