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Serves 6-8 as a starter

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The recent rain and flooding has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event - because of a lack of asparagus.

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Serves 4

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Study examines health benefits of older varieties of fruit

Old varieties of apples, bananas and onions are part of a UK study to potentially give consumers products with "significantly" higher levels of nutrients, it has been announced.

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by Rachel Khoo

Spring lamb stew

Ingredients to serve 4-6

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