Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb!

Don't miss Putney restaurateur Greg Wallace on BBC2's Great British Food Revival


Gregg Wallace
Wallace & Co.
146 Upper Richmond Rd,
SW15 2SW
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On Thursday 27th October you can catch Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace on BBC2 as he heads to the Rhubarb Triangle in Yorkshire to dig deeper into our illustrious rhubarb heritage and find out why production has shrunk to a fraction of what it once was in its Victorian heyday.  

Gregg has always loved his rhubarb, but is shocked to find that while there used to be 200 forced rhubarb growers in Yorkshire, since the Second World War, that number has plummeted to just 11.

Our great British rhubarb is no stranger to controversy – shunned by many, with a reputation for tasting sharp and being stringy. Yet, our forced rhubarb became the envy of the world, with others copying it and even trying to pass theirs off as Yorkshire rhubarb.  

Gregg meets a grower who helped to put our rhubarb back in the headlines - but for all the right reasons.  Spurred on by what he’s learnt, Gregg goes beyond his favourite rhubarb crumble in the Revival kitchen, to produce 3 easy to prepare, delectable dishes, in celebration of the wonderful flavour of rhubarb.  And he shouts his mantra loud and clear: “ Bring on the rhubarb renaissance!”   

October 10, 2011