A new variety of asparagus that can also be eaten raw is being trialled in the UK.
The variety, called Burgundine, is a purple and green cross and has been grown in Thornham, north Norfolk, specifically as a new salad crop.
Burgundine asparagus will be sold exclusively by Tesco. The supermarket believes that the new variety could prove popular with office workers looking for a healthy lunchtime snack.
The variety, grown for the retailer by the renowned Chinn family, can be eaten raw after being washed because it contains slightly less lignim, the fibre element in asparagus.
Tesco produce buyer James Strathdee, said: “The great thing about Burgundine asparagus is its versatility because it can be eaten both raw and also gently steamed or stir fried.
“It is an eye-catching variety that is exceptionally sweet, juicy, crunchy and great for eating with dips and in salads.
“English asparagus is acknowledged by foodies to be the best in the world because of our climate and soil, which supports perfect growing conditions.
“This is the first time that Burgundine asparagus has been commercially grown in the UK. If customers like it then we plan to grow more for next year.”
Tesco finest* Burgundine salad asparagus is on sale in 102 Tesco stores, and costs £2 for a 100g pack.