The giant marrow has come under fire from one of the country’s top plant breeders.
Jim Juby, technologist at Tozers Seeds, has told The Grocer that the huge specimens found at village shows have done the marrow’s reputation more harm than good.
Tozers Seeds is hoping to inject new life into the traditional, but dwindling, market for marrows by offering growers varieties that look completely different to their mammoth green cousins. Now on the menu are much smaller yellow-skinned round marrows,
deeper gold hybrids and green skinned varieties with distinctive white streaking. They will all be on display at a Tozers Seeds open day in Cobham, Surrey, later this month.
Juby said: “Providing a more convenient size than the giants associated with vegetable shows could help modernise the image of the vegetable.”