As a British grower of baby including baby leeks, baby beetroot and baby turnips, we are often asked what the difference is between baby veg and standard veg. Not only are they more adorable but there is an increasing trend for these mini vegetables.
Depending on the variety, the term ‘baby’ can be either accurate or a complete misdemeanour. This is because some baby vegetables, such as Baby Courgettes, are indeed immaturely harvested versions of the standard sized variety. Some are harvested after the main crop has been harvested, for example after artichokes are harvested smaller artichokes form lower down the plant. Others such as baby spinach, are new dwarf varieties that have been bred for their delicate, tender characteristics.
Baby Vegetables have been around for centuries, but they became more popular in the 1960s and 1970s when French chefs reinvented vegetable sides using baby veg, they then became haute cuisine. Since then, the popularity has continued to increase, leading baby veg to spread into supermarket aisles and become a normal ingredient in home cookery.
Our farms harvest a large variety of baby vegetables, currently we are harvesting Baby Beetroot (Red, Candy & Golden), Baby Turnips and Baby Leeks. We also buy baby vegetables from specialist growers in South Africa to ensure we have access to a good selection throughout the year. For more information on our baby vegetable please click here or get in touch with our sales office.