The Yorkshire rhubarb season is now in full swing but it was in the late 19th century when forced rhubarb first took off with zeal in what became known as The Rhubarb Triangle – draw a line from Bradford to Wakefield to Leeds and back and you have the location of an important part of my local food history. The near perfect conditions required to grow forced rhubarb were fortuitously all present: a medium loam to heavy clay soil located in a micro-climate susceptible to winter frosts and a plentiful supply of shoddy, waste shards from the local wool industry, as a nitrogen rich fertiliser.
Fruit and Vegetables
Food law and regulatory framework for artisan and small scale fruit, vegetable and herb produce, including horticultural standards, marketing and labelling.
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