Jazmin Kopotsha | Culture Writer | Friday, 3 February 2017

The Vegetable Shortage Just Got Very Real. Iceberg Lettuce Is Being Rationed

The Vegetable Shortage Just Got Very Real. Iceberg Lettuce Is Being Rationed

The Debrief: Err, where the veg at?

This whole ‘where have all the courgettes gone?’ thing has become pretty serious. And it’s definitely not because the spiralizer has had a second wind. 

Particularly bad weather conditions across the Mediterranean have had a severe effect on vegetable crops, which in turn has led to a shortage of stock in the UK. So, some supermarkets are limiting the amount of lettuce each customer is allowed to buy, reports BBC. Yep, it’s become that bad. 

Apparently, you’re only allowed to purchase three iceberg lettuces at Tesco at the moment, while Morrison’s are limiting their shoppers to just two each to avoid ‘bulk buying’. That said, I’m not sure I’ve ever bought a lettuce that has taken less than a couple of days to go off, so I don’t know how much good smug-strutting out of the supermarket with a trolley full of lettuce is going to do you in the long run. But nevertheless… 

It’s actually pretty serious though. The ability to grow veg like courgettes, spinach, broccoli and aubergines has really been affected by cold weather and heavy rainfall in the areas of southern Europe that the UK usually imports from, particularly Spain and Italy.

Besides having to face the lettuce police if you dare attempt to escort more than two beyond the hallowed aisles of Morrison's (not a thing but definitely could be a thing. Maybe), this means that prices are probably going to go up. Lidl’s lettuce have reportedly jumped from 42p to £1.19. I know. Buying a bit of iceberg has suddenly become legitimately spenny. 

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