Friday, May 1, 2009

forcing rhubarb

April 1 : My patch of rhubarb just barely poking out of the ground.
Covered with a broken pot to block out the light and make the shoots reeeeach up.
April 30th : Forced Sweet Rhubarb.
I have always wanted to try this, ever since I saw these beautiful rhubarb forcers in England. Since I can't seem to get enough Rhubarb I started a second patch in our herb garden so that I could experiment with forcing this year ( I never plan ahead!) The theory is that the leaves of the rhubarb don't open up as large leaving the stalks to grow tall & slim but very very sweet, and you can harvest a little earlier in the season. Ohhh what to make what to make, maybe just a little compote on plain yoghart to see how sweet it is!

3 comments:

Beth said...

Brilliant!

Juniper said...

Well done, they look perfect! Let us know how sweet they are.. wish it grew here!

fivegreenacres said...

Always a fan of the Rhubarb Torte. Mmmn. My rhubarb is jealous and feeling second-rate.