UK broccoli growers have assured retailers and shoppers that this summer's purple sprouting broccoli crop will be healthy after all, after the dry weather in May and June threatened widespread crop failures.

Although this year's crop would be early as a result of the warm conditions, rainfall in June had put the UK on track for an "excellent, healthy and plentiful crop," growers said.

News of a strong summer crop for purple sprouting broccoli comes after last winter's crop was destroyed by November frosts, leading to widespread shortages.

Though growing conditions had been difficult this year, new varieties had been ­trialled with success, said Martin Haines, a Gloucestershire purple sprouting broccoli grower. "I expect the quality of purple sprouting broccoli to be some of the best we've ever produced as result of these varieties," he added.