April: celebrating rhubarb

This month is often known as “The Hungry Gap”, as winter root vegetables are starting to run low and the new vegetables are not ready yet, but polytunnels often help to tide things over:

  • Asparagus (a bit weather-dependent and may be better next month)
  • Beetroot
  • (Broad beans – occasionally, if over-wintered)
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Kale
  • Landcress
  • Leeks
  • (Lettuce)
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • (Radishes)
  • Rocket
  • Spinach
  • Spring greens
  • Swede
  • Watercress

The ones in brackets are a bit weather-dependent and grown in polytunnels. At this time of year the root vegetables are last year’s, which are in storage.

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Vegetable of the month: Rhubarb

Abundant rainfall this April has spurred the growth of Rhubarb, which is now plentiful. Rhubarb is a delicious and versatile vegetable. Its sharp, distinctive flavour make it a popular choice as an accompaniment to wide range of desserts, or a great pud in its own right! It can be stewed with sugar to make a compote or fool, or used in desserts, pies and crumbles. For an interesting twist, try adding some grated root ginger, sweeten with blossom honey instead of sugar, or add a few fresh mint leaves to flavour!

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