Monday, 22 April 2013

Asparagus and Strawberries

Native, English Asparagus and native, English Strawberries, of the sort growing not in polythene tunnels but in the open air, are set to be delayed this year. Bad news for Asparagus, which can only be picked until mid-summer's day, but possibly good news for consumers, if a sudden glut of fat, pale spears hits the market and pushes prices down. But not, alas, for April - the one month in which in good years one can enjoy a dozen Colchester natives and a plate of fat spears on the same table. Ah, such is England.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Stiff upper lip old chap. Mustn't succumb to Asparagus Syndrome...

Greg Tingey said...

If it starts later, one MIGHT be able to cut "grass" until 1st July - i did that three (?) years ago ...
Home-grown - fresh with hollandaise OINK BURP

Anonymous said...

Cheshires finest - asparagus, strawberries, potatoes, pears and apples. Oh, and cheese of course!

Coney Island

Anonymous said...

I had the good fortune to be wandering through the Mendips on some Geology field trip and happened upon a quite breathtaking view of Wells Cathedral nestled in the vale below.
A Welsh lad, a clever lad and student friend noticed my having a moment of jaw gaping 'far away reverie' and said,
"you do like these views of England". On reflection, a rather astute observation on his part as I think back.
I turned to him and smiled back, I couldn't explain and it wouldn't have been polite.
Asparagus and Strawberries, or village cricket on the green - who can explain - what it is to be English?