Veg producer Barfoots of Botley has launched a new, sweeter variety of asparagus, listed exclusively with Ocado.

The Crown Jewel variety went on sale on Monday (19 May), priced at £2.99 per 200g pack. It is part of Barfoots’ Grown with Love range, which also comprises sweet potato, butternut squash and sweetcorn lines.

The variety was grown at the company’s farms in the West Country “where conditions were ideal”, said Barfoots’ commercial manager, James Meers.

The quality of the Crown Jewel crop was testament to the “hard work” put in by growers in testing circumstances following floods in the region earlier this year, he added.