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March 30, 2005

First Rhubarb of the Season

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Today although predicted to rain by Les has been dull but dry. However we have managed to pick the first Rhubarb of the season. Over the last couple of months we covered half the rhubarb patch to force the plants on and have now managed to harvest the first of the season. whilst the leaves are a little pale the stalks are bright Red.

Noticeably however the remaining half of uncovered rhubarb is still only small shoots and nowhere ready to pick so just shows that sometimes remaining in the dark lets you develop quicker!!!

Many people forget that with the mild winters we often have on the West Coast and given the Gulf Stream passing close by this part of Britain can often be ahead of the rest of the country as it wakes up from the winter. The house is now surrounded by daffodils and the snowdrops are long gone.

This evening Noel in the kitchen made an

Eriska Garden Rhubarb Fool presented with

Home Churned Sorbet, Vanilla Anglaise.


Posted by Beppo Buchanan-Smith at 01:19 PM in Scottish food and drink | Permalink


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I understand that Noel is from Yorkshire so its not surprising that he is such a dab hand with rhubarb given that Yorkshire is responsible for over 30% of the worlds rhubarb production.

Posted by: Neil Alexander | Mar 30, 2005 9:45:37 PM

You Know that!!

Posted by: Noel Breaks | Mar 30, 2005 11:28:06 PM

I read it in a book by Phil Vickery when he as talking about Bothroyd Rhubarb. Well worth reading at


Posted by: Neil Alexander | Mar 31, 2005 8:28:39 AM

ah....rhubarb! How I loved that stuff as a kid. I haven't had it in a long time...thanks for reminding me that it has been entirely too long.

I love your blog!

Is Scotland accepting political assylum candidates from the United States? I can be packed in no time! ;-)

Posted by: jillian | Apr 16, 2005 7:55:15 PM

Thanks for your comments about the Blog. We are about to start a kitchen corner to the Blog which will feature suppliers of Local Scottish produce and recipes from Robert and his team.

Posted by: Beppo | Apr 16, 2005 9:13:12 PM

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