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UK Cauliflower shortages

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by lucylocket61, Aug 12, 2019 at 7:19 PM.

  1. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    There is always problems in the UK with our weather, it's either, especially in 'summer time', so dry, hot and parched, or more likely rain, rain and more rain and we get through it.
     
  2. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I am blanching and freezing our home grown courgettes and also the runner beans. I find cooking some of the courgettes and sliced onion in butter and olive oil, then freezing them keeps the texture well for bolognese souces etc.
     
  3. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This past 18 months have been very bad for our soil and crops. The severe winter of 2017/18 and then the long very dry summer, plus a relatively dry winter last year has not given the ground chance to recover. Its been unusually dry for 18 months continuously.

    This has compacted the soil, making it hard for the rain to penetrate when it does rain, and the deluges run off the ground, causing flooding, and the ground under the first cm or so remains dry and parched. Plus the hotter summers make much of the rain evaporate before it has chance to sink in.

    This past 18 months has not been usual, we cant get round it and carry on, things have changed. I am surrounded by corn right now, on the arable land. I can see the patches where the rain hasnt penetrated, and the soil is not fertile. The local farmers, who have farmed here for generations, also say this is not part of the normal ebb and flow of climate and weather here.
     
  4. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    The UK weather and close countries too, often experience feast or famine in some form.
     
  5. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Any excuse for a hike in price when demand soars!
     
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  6. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I've not been able to get any fresh cauliflower for over a week, and this is unlikely to get much better in the next ten months as much of the UK crop failed along with other crops due to come in over the next few months (ie much of our outside autumn veg crops).
    A no deal Brexit will exacerbate this; the whole of western Europe is suffering from crop failures but they will still have existing trade deals in place to supplement home grown vegs.
    I'm struggling at the moment to find substitute fresh vegs and don't have room in my freezer to buy any more frozen veg.
     
  7. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    A great time to experiment with carnivore?
     
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  8. Muddy Cyclist

    Muddy Cyclist Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    But aren't farmers being encouraged to get rid of Cattle, Pigs, Sheep and plant trees to soak up all that carbon? I can't afford to loose any more weight :(. There's a lot of squirrels around and that tail would make a great David Crocket hat. Sorry all you Squirrel lovers only joking and I hear they don't taste nice anyway.
     
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  9. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I guess frozen cauliflower gets priority in trade, too.
     
  10. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    You use the whole pelt to make a Davey Crocket hat, my two boys had one each made from feral cats.
    There was butcher in Reigate Surrey during WW2 who was alleged to have put squirrel meat in his sausages.
     
  11. Dodo

    Dodo Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Love cauli rice and broccoli rice but my favourite has to be Bare Naked Rice, and no carbs.
     
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  12. Ricky

    Ricky Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    This evening I ate quorn mince in a sauce on top of raw spiralised courgettes and sweet potatoes. Nicer than cauliflower rice IMO!!
     
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  13. Bill_St

    Bill_St Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I live most of the year in southern Spain where large numbers of cauliflower plants are grown. Almost all from irrigation so weather does not have an immediate effect apart from the rare heavy rainstorm. What has changed is that the U.K. importers have stopped ordering well in advance due to Brexit scare stories. So any slight shortage means no spares for those who have not preordered. In my region U.K. long term orders (usually several months) have dropped to 10% of normal. Of course it is very easy for the management of these importers to just blame the weather. This is the case for all veg., not just Cauliflower
     
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  14. Muddy Cyclist

    Muddy Cyclist Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a cauliflower in our fridge, it must now be worth its weight in gold, any offers?
     
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  15. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Is it up for auction??? Ha ha
     
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  16. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Of course, the degradation in the soil produced by flooding and heavy rain could be dealt with using crops and animals to uncompact and restore the fertility - bring back tiny tractors, hedging and ditching around smaller fields, hedgerow trees, free range pigs, goats or sheep to clear fields after crops have been gathered or spoiled.
     
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  17. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No problems with Cauliflower yet, but I've been struggling to get tenderstem and or purple sprouting Broccoli , plenty of the normal stuff though
     
  18. Muddy Cyclist

    Muddy Cyclist Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry it's well and truly eaten for lunch. Cauliflower, melted cheese and bacon delicious.
     
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  19. agwagw

    agwagw LADA · Well-Known Member

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    A pity that on this forum brexit twaddle is appearing...
     
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  20. Mel dCP

    Mel dCP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No cauliflower in our Lidl today...

    Why? It’s very pertinent to food conversations...
     
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