Do you know your onions?
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).
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