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The shortage began with aubergines and courgettes and has now spread to other vegetables, salad and, potentially, citrus fruit.

Christina Parsons, 62, from Birmingham, told Mail Online: 'Prices are increasing all the time, a lot of the things in these supermarkets are a lot more pricey than they were a few months ago. Laura Tranter, 23, said: 'I didn't realise broccoli and aubergines are affected as well.

A hopeful entrepreneur is selling a box of iceberg lettuces on Gumtree for an eye-watering £50 as he tries to cash in on the vegetable shortage.

The seller named 'Dave' from Acocks Green in Birmingham is flogging a box of 12 'freshly picked' lettuces, which would normally cost £5, for £50, or £4.16 each.

The fridge is going to be empty.'Bernard Ryder, 76, said he thinks the situation has been worsened by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

He said: 'It is an unstable time economically and people do get worried about these price rises.

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