I love my rhubarb patch at this time of year, not just because it has begun to flourish without too much attention but also because it has begun to provide me with tasty stalks at a time when little else is ready for picking on my allotment. Its striking red stems and large glossy green leaves add a sculptural beauty to an otherwise sparse landscape on the allotment at this time of year. As a hardy, frost resistant perennial, my rhubarb patch provides me with the first fruits of the allotment season. With only a yearly top dressing of compost, this versatile and textural plant comes back stronger and stronger each year begging to be transformed into delicious; butters, chutneys, curds, cordials, gins, vinegars, cakes, puddings, breads, smoothies and pies.
Book a workshop with me at The Yorkshire Preservatory to discover how you can make the most of the generous rhubarb plant.