Growing interest in violet varieties English revival is on the way Warm weather has brought on English asparagus with the first packs now on supermarket shelves. The crop will still compete with imports from Spain, Italy and the United States. This season has seen a significant increase in volume, although beds take several years to reach maturity. The Asparagus Growers Association says production is at its highest level since 1987 with 858 hectares under cultivation, mainly on the eastern side of the country. New variety trials are also expected to give the crop a boost in the years ahead, with increased interest in violet varieties. There are also opportunities to develop new types of trimmed packs alongside traditional bunches. Meanwhile German growers are still keen to introduce their traditional white varieties to the UK. This week there is a special promotion at Selfridges under the umbrella of CMA, its food promotional organisation. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}