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Forced Rhubarb

19 December 2019

It's forced but it's delicious! Rhubarb from Yorkshire...

Our Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is grown by The Westwood Family who have been  farming since the late 1800's.

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb roots are grown outdoor in the fields, for two to three years, before they are lifted in early to late November, to be taken into the forcing sheds. This can only happen after the roots have received enough cold which helps break the dormancy of the rhubarb crowns. During the two years’ the rhubarb is grown outside, it requires lots of sunshine and nitrogen to build up the energy in the root as once in the forcing sheds, it received no more feeding. The nitrogen comes from the “shoddy”, which is released slowly over a three year period. Ideal for the rhubarb.

Once bedded into the sheds, the roots are heated and supplied with the right amount of water, and three weeks later the forced crop can start to be harvested. The rhubarb is grown in complete darkness and harvested by candlelight, to keep the stems bright pink and the leaves yellow. The forced crop tends to be very tender and much sweeter than the rhubarb produced outside.

Check the recipe section of the website for recipe ideas for rhubarb dishes. 

We have a tonne of information about rhubarb all on our new campaign celebrating fruit and veg. Rhubarb is the featured product for January - so brush up on your rhubarb knowledge, check out recipes and enter our competition too! There's a special competition for kids to get involved too to get them loving veg as much as us! Find all the info you need over on our rhubarb page!

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