Supermarket buyers are being introduced to a new sweet, red, pointed cabbage by Lincolnshire grower Marshalls of Butterwick. Nigel Clare, joint managing director, believes it will fill a gap in the brassica market as it is versatile enough to be eaten raw as well as cooked, and it is available for the next two months.

He also said the crop has done well, despite the summer's drought conditions.

"Trials have been taking place in the UK over the past five years in association with the original Dutch breeder," said Clare.

"The cabbage does not bleed when cut and keeps its colour when cooked."