Marks & Spencer is claiming to be the first major retailer this year to be selling home-grown asparagus and strawberries.
British strawberries went into stores this week, with asparagus set to follow on Monday. Lambada strawberries were grown under glass and are said to be better-tasting than other early varieties. The asparagus is grown on south-facing sandy slopes in Herefordshire that warm up earlier than other parts of the country.
Hugh Mowat, M&S vegetable specialist, said: "We are really proud to be bringing shoppers an early taste of summer with the best of British produce before any other supermarket."