The Chinn family have been supplying Tesco with asparagus since 2005. Chris Chinn explains how he works with us to bring you the freshest spears.
My family have been farming for four generations
And it’s still very much a family partnership. I grow the asparagus along with my brother Henry and father John.
The asparagus season traditionally runs from 23 April to 21 June
The plant takes 2-3 years to reach maturity, but once established it can last for up to 12 years.
We work hard to get the asparagus from farm to store as quickly as possible
As soon as it’s harvested, we wash and cool it within the hour to lock in the freshness. We then grade each one, separating out the fat from the thin, the long from the short. Those with slightly open tips will be sold at a slightly lower price, in the Tesco Everyday Value range. This is really good for the customer and it’s fantastic for us and the environment, as it minimises waste. The third and final stage is packing. Tesco is launching a new packaging format, which will keep spears even fresher for longer.
British is best
Buying British asparagus at Tesco means you will enjoy some of the freshest asparagus available.
When shopping for asparagus, look closely at the tips
A nicely cut spear of asparagus should be green and firm. There also shouldn’t be too much white in the base.
We’ve developed a new variety with Tesco
We call it Jubilee and it was launched in Tesco stores last year. It’s really sweet and tender, as well as being a lovely colour. It’s part of the Finest* range and is available to buy in most of our larger stores.
My favourite way to eat asparagus is in a sandwich
Place the tips on a baking tray, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes. Then put them between two slices of bread and you’ve got the perfect lunch.