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There is a cauliflower shortage - and Brussels sprouts could be next

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 4 days ago Jessica Sansome
a close up of cauliflower: There is a shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli after a week of heavy rain damaged crops © Sunday Mail There is a shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli after a week of heavy rain damaged crops

It might be getting harder to get your five-a-day when it comes to vegetables if this latest news is anything to go by.

There is a shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli after a week of heavy rain damaged crops in Lincolnshire.

But it doesn't stop there as our 'love to hate' Christmas staple, the humble Brussels sprouts, may also be at risk.

Related news: UK facing Cauliflower shortage after downpours (Independent)

Online food shoppers will notice that Tesco and Sainsbury's is only offering organic cauliflowers.

Sainsbury's customers are also advised that standard single and large cauliflowers are "currently unavailable".

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British Growers have described the situation as "very concerning" and chief executive Jack Ward says that the shortage is likely to continue into September.

The affect is being noticed now after crops in the region were deluged with as much as six inches (152mm) of rain in a week in June.

Mr Ward said: "For some, a year's work was destroyed in one week of rains."

Related news: Britain braced for a fortnight of rain in two hours (Daily Mail)

"Crops come in waves but we're looking at the shortage going on for another two to three weeks, possibly extending to broccoli.

"The rain also affected a lot of young plants so there are likely to be problems into winter across the board with brassicas. There's some way to go but crops that have been waterlogged, like Brussels spouts, it's not getting them off to the start they need to produce the quantities we would want to see."

a hand holding a fruit: Brussels sprouts could be next © Brian Lawless/PA Wire Brussels sprouts could be next

The supply chain has also been hampered by extreme temperatures in Europe, which would normally make up any shortfall in the the UK.

A Tesco spokeswoman said: "Recent wet weather has affected cauliflower growth in some parts of the country, but with our dedicated cauliflower growers based all across the UK, we continue to have a range of cauliflowers and cauliflower products in our stores."

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