Do you know your onions?

Gardeners' World - - We Love April -

Cul­tur­ally and ge­o­graph­i­cally they may be miles apart, yet Nor­wich and Glas­gow lead the UK’s top 10 cities for buy­ing Bri­tish pro­duce, par­tic­u­larly from lo­cal busi­nesses. Some 90 per cent of peo­ple liv­ing in Nor­folk’s county town and 88 per cent of those in Scot­land’s largest city ac­tively buy Bri­tish, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey con­ducted by Cer­tas En­ergy. Lon­don and Birm­ing­ham were the least likely cities to sup­port UK grow­ers, but four out of five peo­ple in Bri­tain would like to eat Bri­tish pro­duce. The find­ings also re­vealed that only 16 per cent of peo­ple knew that kale and leeks are grown in win­ter, and only 11 per cent knew that peas are har­vested in late spring. Other sober­ing sta­tis­tics re­veal that the res­i­dents of Sh­effield and Not­ting­ham fared the worst with their knowl­edge of fruit and veg­etable grow­ing. Na­tion­wide, 55 per cent think gar­lic grows all year round and only 13 per cent re­alise that squash is an au­tumn crop. Oh dear. Do you choose to buy lo­cal pro­duce when you can’t grow your own? Write in and tell us (see page 20).

Is your shop­ping bas­ket usually full of Bri­tish-grown pro­duce? Let us know

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