Congratulations to Wakefield on becoming Europe’s rhubarb capital!

There is a proud tradition of growing excellent rhubarb in our part of Yorkshire. Today the Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn announced in Parliament that Yorkshire’s rhubarb producers are now on the list of Europe’s specially protected food and drink – joining the likes of Champagne and Parma Ham.

Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has been recognised thanks to the quality of this traditionally grown product and the enthusiasm and commitment shown by all involved, and I’m delighted that this local product now has international recognition.

I have visited the rhubarb sheds in what’s known as the ‘Rhubarb triangle’ between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell. I was very impressed by the traditional methods that are used, and the passion the local growers have for their work. Having tasted the rhubarb, I can say with confidence it truly deserves its place on this list of specially protected foods!

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Posted February 26th, 2010 by Ed