Most British forced rhubarb is grown in the famous ‘Rhubarb Triangle’, an area in West Yorkshire between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell. Forced rhubarb is grown in the dark during winter, which ‘forces’ it to grow quickly in search of light. It’s vibrant pink in colour and has a more delicate flavour than the field-grown variety. Rhubarb was originally grown in Siberia, and used as a medicine by the Chinese over 4,000 years ago. During World War II the price of rhubarb was controlled to ensure that most people could still afford it. Although a vegetable, rhubarb is usually treated like a fruit, and sweetened to balance its naturally tart flavour. Stewed with orange juice, ginger and sugar, it’s delicious folded through a mix of yogurt and whipped cream for a rhubarb fool.
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