February 22-24, 2013

Wakefield Festival of Rhubarb

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Yorkshire’s Rhubarb Triangle

Wakefield is part of the Rhubarb Triangle in Yorkshire:


First Rhubarb of the Year

The first rhubarb of the year is harvested by candlelight in dark sheds dotted around the Rhubarb Triangle. This produces a sweeter, more tender stalk.

Secrets of the Rhubarb Triangle

Click here to get to a BBC article “The Secrets of the Rhubarb Triangle.” The article talks about stepping into the secret sheds of the Rhubarb Triangle. “You enter a quieter, more relaxing world.”

Listening to Rhubarb Growing

In the sheds, you can actually hear the rhubarb growing. We like to do this, just like we do in Iowa on summer nights — listen to corn growing.

Wakefield Council’s Website

Click here to read about this event on Wakefield Council’s website.

Rhubarb Appreciation Society

There is a Rhubarb Appreciation Society group page on Facebook. It’s a great group to join and then share your experiences and thoughts about rhubarb.

Rhubarb Trivia

•  Rhubarb is a vegetable

•  Rhubarb was first cultivated in China in 2700 B.C.

•  Rhubarb roots have been used as an aggressive laxative for ovesr 5000 years

•  The word “rhubarb” stems from the Latin word “rhabarbarium” which means “root of the barbarians.”