Posted 18th Jul 2018 by Peter Byrne
New research has found British families are making the most of the great outdoors and are starting to experiment with homegrown foods
A survey of 1,009 UK homeowners was carried out by AppliancesDirect.co.uk, and found over half (52 per cent) of Brits have grown their own fruit or vegetables in their garden.
The most popular food to grow proved to be tomatoes, as nearly 87 per cent of those who grew their own said they had enjoyed tomatoes from their patch.
In second place came potatoes, with 79 per cent of green fingered Brits saying they had grown their own. Peas (73 per cent), strawberries (61 per cent) and radishes completed the top five foods Brits were growing.
The main reason for doing this was revealed to be wanting to have fun with the family, 55 per cent saying this. Just under a third (32 per cent) said they found growing fruit and veg to be cheaper, while 29 per cent said they did it as they wanted to make healthier choices.
Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk, said "It’s fascinating to see just how many Britons are trying their hand at growing their own fruit and vegetables in the garden."
"It’s a fact that the fresher fruit and vegetables are, the better they are for you, so there’s no denying the health benefits of homegrown fruit and veg but as our research shows, it’s also a fun activity for all of the family to enjoy as well as being very cost friendly."
"Those who are yet to try harvesting their own fruit and veg need not worry about space either - many plants do well in containers and pots, which can be positioned to sit on sunny, sheltered terraces (the conditions most veg plants like best) – so no need to worry about building an allotment in your back garden."