Sussex mallow trees bear bumper crop

The Argus: STICKY: Denis Bear inspects the bumper harvest STICKY: Denis Bear inspects the bumper harvest

As you all guessed, this is our April Fool. Hope it brightened your day.

A bumper crop of marshmallows in Sussex is ready for harvesting for the first time. The sticky fruits were first planted ten years ago at Tulleys Farm in Turners Hill, near Crawley.

But Denis Beare, the farm’s owner, explained that the crop is only the first since efforts to grow marshmallows began. His family has been growing crops at Tulleys Farm for more than 70 years but he said he had never seen anything like it.

He added: “We first planted the mallow trees ten years ago in the vain hope that they would do well. This is the first year the trees have produced a crop and it is a bumper one.

“Last summer, we had our best strawberry crop and to have a bumper marshmallow crop is just the icing on the cake.”

Mr Beare took over the running of Tulleys Farm from his father Bernard in 1970, who originally set it up in 1937 as a dairy farm. It now has a farm shop, tearoom, animal patch and children’s play area and is famous for its annual maize maze.

Mr Beare said he thought the extremely wet summer of last year followed by a wet and cold winter had created the perfect conditions for the mallow trees to thrive and produce a healthy crop for the first time. The farm’s staff will start harvesting the mallows today and selling them in the farm shop.

Mallows do best in marshy and very wet ground hence the name marshmallow. They are commonly soft white or pink fruits which have a spongy texture and a delicious sugary flavour.

The crop is traditionally harvested on April 1 each year and is usually combined with other fruits, cream and yoghurt to make a fool.

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8:43am Wed 1 Apr 09

Brap Brap says...

Worst April Fool Ever.
Worst April Fool Ever. Brap Brap

8:44am Wed 1 Apr 09

salty_pete says...

Well I suppose their are those around that havn't seen the BBC classic about the spaghetti trees.
Well I suppose their are those around that havn't seen the BBC classic about the spaghetti trees. salty_pete

8:45am Wed 1 Apr 09

hongkongeagle says...

come on underpants, that's woeful!!
come on underpants, that's woeful!! hongkongeagle

8:48am Wed 1 Apr 09

bbrh says...

Honestly how long did it take to come up with this idea!
Honestly how long did it take to come up with this idea! bbrh

8:50am Wed 1 Apr 09

Mrs Reasonable says...

Oh - my - goodness. This has to be *THE WORST* April Fool ever - and, in true traditional Argus style, it's even advertising someone's business for them at the same time! "Come on parents, take your kids to see the amazing marshmallow trees at TULLEYS FARM (endorsed by the Argus) this weekend, etc etc etc.

Credit us with *some* intelligence - and if you are going to attempt a spoof, use a bit more imagination and don't link it with a woeful advertisement.
Oh - my - goodness. This has to be *THE WORST* April Fool ever - and, in true traditional Argus style, it's even advertising someone's business for them at the same time! "Come on parents, take your kids to see the amazing marshmallow trees at TULLEYS FARM (endorsed by the Argus) this weekend, etc etc etc. Credit us with *some* intelligence - and if you are going to attempt a spoof, use a bit more imagination and don't link it with a woeful advertisement. Mrs Reasonable

8:56am Wed 1 Apr 09

jyan says...

Even though it's an April Fool Joke, it looks like they've spent much more time on this than many of the 'proper' news stories.
Even though it's an April Fool Joke, it looks like they've spent much more time on this than many of the 'proper' news stories. jyan

9:07am Wed 1 Apr 09

kerryfee says...

despite credit crunch, the threat of riots in London we still attempt to inject some humour, typically British. Brings a smile so can't be all bad.
despite credit crunch, the threat of riots in London we still attempt to inject some humour, typically British. Brings a smile so can't be all bad. kerryfee

9:24am Wed 1 Apr 09

Human Machine says...

Now now Sammy, don't cry at all the unkind comments. I was really fooled. I was, honestly. well, nearly. Well, not even nearly actually, I wasn't fooled for even a millisecond, but I'm sure you tried your very hardest. Now wipe your eyes and go and play with the other boys.
Now now Sammy, don't cry at all the unkind comments. I was really fooled. I was, honestly. well, nearly. Well, not even nearly actually, I wasn't fooled for even a millisecond, but I'm sure you tried your very hardest. Now wipe your eyes and go and play with the other boys. Human Machine

9:50am Wed 1 Apr 09

kkj says...

Marshmallow trees? You'll be telling us next there's a Lapland in the New Forest!
Marshmallow trees? You'll be telling us next there's a Lapland in the New Forest! kkj

10:17am Wed 1 Apr 09

smalltowngirl says...

He'll be telling us that all the flying saucers that have been sighted are filled with sherbert next. Whoops, probably ruined next years April fool! This is the worst A.F that I have ever heard (and I've been 'tricked' by a 4 year old)
He'll be telling us that all the flying saucers that have been sighted are filled with sherbert next. Whoops, probably ruined next years April fool! This is the worst A.F that I have ever heard (and I've been 'tricked' by a 4 year old) smalltowngirl

10:29am Wed 1 Apr 09

tinkywinky says...

Thye BBC website is reporting on the first ever picture of a shark whale.
We all know about the whale shark, but a shark whale? Ive googled it and it doesnt seem to exist.
Thye BBC website is reporting on the first ever picture of a shark whale. We all know about the whale shark, but a shark whale? Ive googled it and it doesnt seem to exist. tinkywinky

10:58am Wed 1 Apr 09

feline1 says...

lol what a rubbish April Fool.
lol what a rubbish April Fool. feline1

12:06pm Wed 1 Apr 09

Hard Liner says...

Jesus Christ! thats pathetic!
Jesus Christ! thats pathetic! Hard Liner

12:17pm Wed 1 Apr 09

snerper says...

Samuel,
the best April fool jokes are your articles, regardless of hen they're published!
Journalism isn't your'e forte mate, just don't give up the day job mate, stick to your studies and get a proper job when you leave school!
Samuel, the best April fool jokes are your articles, regardless of hen they're published! Journalism isn't your'e forte mate, just don't give up the day job mate, stick to your studies and get a proper job when you leave school! snerper

12:35pm Wed 1 Apr 09

qweqwe says...

Good gracious this is lame..
Good gracious this is lame.. qweqwe

1:07pm Wed 1 Apr 09

Granny says...

Are we supposed to laugh? Pathetic,pathetic,et
c
Are we supposed to laugh? Pathetic,pathetic,et c Granny

1:53pm Wed 1 Apr 09

MzEden says...

Mrs Reasonable, Brighton says...

Credit us with *some* intelligence -

Bearing in mind some of the grammar and spelling and general level of comments on this site, I think the Argus have judged this just right!
Mrs Reasonable, Brighton says... Credit us with *some* intelligence - Bearing in mind some of the grammar and spelling and general level of comments on this site, I think the Argus have judged this just right! MzEden

3:35pm Wed 1 Apr 09

Tye says...

The miserable sods are being exceedingly cermudgeonly(?) today.

What's the matter with you - the price of free Argus news too high

Have a Good Day journalist peoples and remember its only the sad, lonely old f4rts who keep posting their vomit here are NOT representative of the real world

THANK GOD :)
The miserable sods are being exceedingly cermudgeonly(?) today. What's the matter with you - the price of free Argus news too high Have a Good Day journalist peoples and remember its only the sad, lonely old f4rts who keep posting their vomit here are NOT representative of the real world THANK GOD :) Tye

3:39pm Wed 1 Apr 09

not saying says...

blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up
blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up not saying

3:39pm Wed 1 Apr 09

not saying says...

blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up
blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up not saying

3:39pm Wed 1 Apr 09

not saying says...

blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up
blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up not saying

3:43pm Wed 1 Apr 09

Tye says...

not saying wrote:
blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up
Agree

Agree

Agree - It needed to be said :-)
[quote][p][bold]not saying[/bold] wrote: blimey guys, you are soo sad.all the argus were trying to do make you laugh.all you lot keep banging on about is how bad it is and how the reporter should basically get a life.i think your the ones who should get a bloody life! lighten up[/p][/quote]Agree Agree Agree - It needed to be said :-) Tye

5:27pm Wed 1 Apr 09

Jim BB says...

Shame it was a joke, would be lovely to go out and pick some marhmallows and roast them over in Brighton.

I grow marsh mallow, a low-growing shrub whose leaves have medicinal qualities. Just not the same as over-sugary but yummy snacks!
Shame it was a joke, would be lovely to go out and pick some marhmallows and roast them over in Brighton. I grow marsh mallow, a low-growing shrub whose leaves have medicinal qualities. Just not the same as over-sugary but yummy snacks! Jim BB

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