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Despite an unusually harsh, snowy and icy winter, England’s fruit and vegetable crops were exceptionally tasty this summer.  It has been at least 20 years since we have had such delicious and varied produce from England’s farms for such an extended period of time:

– asparagus with consistently slim stalks for over six weeks

– plump, juicy strawberries

– the sweetest peas around in a long time

– delightful raspberries and blackberries

– flavoursome blueberries which tasted as they should

– large courgettes which made for a nice crispy treat when pan-fried (coat in egg white, dredge in flour, then fry in hot duck fat)

– fabulous marrows (see cooking tip for large courgettes)

– truly tasty broadbeans

With that, I hope that England’s fruit and vegetable growers will accept my hearty thanks.  You did a superb job with your crops, despite adverse weather conditions, and made this summer a season to remember.

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