Cauliflower squeeze Shrinking veg due to cold snap sees supermarkets receive complaints

first_img@AsdaServiceTeam a little shocked at the cauliflower we received in our click & collect. £1 for this. It’s tiny. Not what we usually receive pic.twitter.com/lmvqphmhv3— Lee-Ann Clark (@catdanceruk) December 14, 2016 “Hardly enough for one portion let alone a family, and barely bigger than a bulb of garlic!”A medium cauliflower head is normally around six inches in diameter but this year’s UK crop has produced masses of leaves with little edible head.Lynda Nicholson, 27, of Scotland, was also deceived by what she thought was a standard cauliflower from Morrisons. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the handCredit: Leigh Binns / SWNS.com “We’ve had some warmer weather they are getting some decent heads on them. We will have a great supply of good size heads around for Christmas.”However, he advises shoppers not to waste the outer green leaves – which can be cooked and eaten.”We need to be telling people to eat the leaves as they are perfectly edible,” Mr Simmons added. “They have a nice sweet flavour.”A Tesco spokesperson said: “Like other retailers, some of our cauliflowers are a little smaller than usual due to unseasonably cold weather in November but they are still the same great quality and value.”Other supermarkets were contacted for comment. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflowerCredit: Graham Cheale / SWNS.com Farmers say the tiny crop is down to the cold snap at the end of November, which hit UK crops just as they were reaching maturity.ASDA shopper Joanne Sutherland, 43, from Nottinghamshire, said her cauliflower contained just a single floret.The community health care assistant said: “It was probably just one floret – I was just peeling this cauliflower back and then this tiny, tiny thing popped out. Veg lovers are chopping through layers of green leaf to find heads which are so small they fit in the palm of the hand Show more @Tesco You call this tiny thing a cauliflower Tesco?! 😫 pic.twitter.com/oYusWozow9— Laura (@dollfaceisevil) December 11, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The healthcare worker said: “It did appear to be a medium sized cauliflower until I took all the leaves off and it was pretty small – probably about four-five centimetres in circumference.”Myself and my husband were both eating but also had to cook a broccoli for enough for us.”Tesco customer Hannah Blackburn tweeted: “What the hell is this Tesco the smallest cauliflower in the world?! 95p for this compared to my bargain 39p broccoli!”Growers have described the tiny veg as a “temporary blip” due to the weather and they will be back to their normal size in time for Christmas.David Simmons, 56, managing director of Riviera Produce in Cornwall which supplies cauliflowers to supermarkets such as Morrisons, Asda and Aldi, said: “The cold weather we had has knocked the cauliflower back and made them grow slowly. “I was laughing to myself. How can they allow it to go on the shelves if it’s that tiny?”Tesco customer Francesca Ireland said her family dinner was ruined when her vegetable turned out to be barely bigger than a bulb of garlic.She wrote on Facebook: “Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflower. One of the pictures which has been shared on social media by a shopper unhappy about the diminuative size of their cauliflower Supermarkets have been flooded with complaints from shoppers about this season’s crop of tiny cauliflowers, some as small as an egg.Customers from stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and ASDA have shared pictures of their veg after typically paying £1 for a medium cauliflower.One customer wrote to Waitrose after cutting off 680g of leaf before finding a tiny head inside weighing just 160g. Thanks for ruining our dinner plans tonight with this massive cauliflower bag only containing this tiny cauliflowerFrancesca Irelandlast_img