Tesco has named Dorchester as the healthiest town in the country based on its fresh produce sales in the region. Second place was Taunton, followed by Redhill in Surrey, Cambridge and Hemel Hempstead.
Tesco mapped weekly sales data for fruit and vegetable sales for a 12 month period to create the league table. Joe Chapman, from Tesco, said, “The map reveals Dorchester residents to be a great example to the rest of the nation for their real passion for fresh fruit and vegetables. Judging by their voracious appetite for fruit and vegetables it’s obvious that many Dorchester residents have taken health experts’ advice to heart of eating five pieces of fruit or veg. a day.”
The map also showed the most popular produce in different areas, with bananas being bought more regularly in Slough than anywhere else. Apples were most popular in Dorchester, with pears proving popular in Carlisle and the residents of London eating the most garlic. Carrots topped the charts in Shrewsbury and broccoli was a favourite in Taunton while, perhaps surprisingly, the biggest consumers of rhubarb can be found in Plymouth.
“We all know how tastes change from country to country but this map shows the fantastic regional preferences purely within Britain,” added Mr Chapman.