A late bumper crop of British strawberries is to go on sale at Tesco as a result of the recent mini heatwave and unseasonably warm autumn weather.
The British strawberry season is usually over by the end of the September but extra hours of sunshine and the recent mini heatwave have created enough of the fruit to last until the end of October.
The weather has been so good – with a perfect mixture of warmth, sunshine and rain – that there is enough of the British crop to last until the end of October – right until Halloween.
Tesco strawberry buyer Ben Rowbotham said:
“Fans of British strawberries are in for a real treat as our home-grown variety are considered to be the very best in the world.
“It’s very rare for British strawberries to still be on sale at this time of year and we should have enough to last right through until Halloween.”
Usually the last British strawberries of the season are grown in Scotland but the fine weather has helped growers right across Britain including Kent, West and East Sussex, Essex, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Perthshire, Arbroath in Angus.
The strawberries will be available at Tesco stores across the UK and will cost £2 for a 300g box and £3.25 for a 600g box.