08 Feb Rhubarb: A Versatile and Delicious Ingredient
Rhubarb is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can add a unique flavour to a variety of dishes.
This vegetable, which is often treated as a fruit in the culinary world, has a tart taste that pairs well with sweet flavours, making it a popular choice for desserts such as pies, crumbles, and compotes.
One interesting aspect of rhubarb is the practice of “forcing” it. Forced rhubarb is grown in dark, warm conditions, which causes the stalks to grow quickly and become more tender and sweeter than field-grown rhubarb. This technique, which originated in the UK in the 19th century, is still used today to produce early-season rhubarb that is highly sought after by chefs and food enthusiasts.
Rhubarb season typically runs from April to June, with forced rhubarb available from January to March and In addition to its delicious taste, rhubarb also offers numerous health benefits. It is low in calories and high in fibre, making it a great choice for weight management. It is also a good source of vitamins C and K, as well as potassium and other essential minerals.
When it comes to rhubarb, there is no better place to source it than the Rhubarb Triangle. Located in West Yorkshire, the Rhubarb Triangle is a 9-square-mile area between Wakefield, Morley, and Rothwell.
The Rhubarb Triangle has a long history of rhubarb cultivation, dating back to the 1800s. Its unique microclimate and soil make it the ideal place to grow this crop. The region is celebrated with an annual festival, and its produce is renowned for its exceptional quality.
One popular recipe that showcases the unique flavour of rhubarb is Rhubarb Crumble. This simple dessert combines sweet, juicy rhubarb with a crispy, buttery topping for a delicious and satisfying treat. Here’s how to make it:
– 500g rhubarb, chopped into 2cm pieces
– 100g caster sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 150g plain flour
– 75g butter, cubed
– 50g demerara sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
2. In a baking dish, mix the rhubarb, caster sugar, and vanilla extract.
3. In a separate bowl, rub the flour and butter together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the demerara sugar.
4. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the rhubarb and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the topping is golden and the rhubarb is tender.
5. Serve warm with custard or ice cream.
At JR Holland, we are proud to offer our customers the freshest and highest quality produce, including delicious rhubarb. Whether you prefer the tart taste of field-grown rhubarb or the sweeter flavour of forced rhubarb, we have something for everyone. So why not add some rhubarb to your next order and experience the unique flavour and health benefits of this versatile ingredient for yourself?
JR Holland are a food service company based in the North East. We are wholesale fruit & vegetable suppliers and provide national chilled distribution.