ASPARAGUS is expected to make a very early appearance in Cornwall this year, with the first spears anticipated over five weeks before the season traditionally starts.
The flavoursome and eagerly anticipated vegetables have been cultivated on one particular farm - Rowe Farming - in innovative fashion, including heating their tunnels from below, protective plastic wraps and planting in sheltered valleys.
Mark Rowe, the owner of Rowe Farming, is expecting asparagus shoots to rear their head in two or three days, well ahead of and hopefully lengthening the normal May 1 to June 21 season.
Rowe Farming has already promised the early risers to its local hotel Budock Vean’s head chef Darren Kelly.
Amanda Barlow, who owns Budock Vean with husband Martin, said: “You can`t beat eating produce that has been grown locally.
“We only ever buy Cornish Asparagus so the fact that we can enjoy the season for longer this year is a real bonus
"We are totally committed to purchasing as many products and services as possible from Cornish, and in particular local, based suppliers."