This week we saw spears bursting out of the ground with start of the British Asparagus season, a new type of ethical ‘faux gras’ being created and closer to home, the opening of the Crumbs awards. It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing – here are our top five food news stories from the week.

The guardian

Raw power: Britain’s changing appetite for veg: From top restaurants to Greggs snacks, vegetables are on the rise. So why are we eating less of them we did 60 years ago?


Asparagus season starts across the country.


Vanilla prices reach record high hitting British ice cream makers: The ingredient now costs more than silver.


This week the Crumbs awards nominations have opened: The Crumbs awards celebrate the very best food and drink businesses in the south west.

The times

Foie gras? How about ‘faux gras’? For those who fear that eating foie gras is a faux pas, a vegan alternative has been developed by a Michelin-starred French chef.