Valentine’s Day video: Is Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb an ‘aphrodisiac’?

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Move aside red roses, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is this year’s Valentine’s Day treat with the plant - apparently known for its aphrodisiac qualities - becoming a hit with the best London restaurants.

Renowned rhubarb grower E Oldroyd and Sons, based in the heart of Yorkshire’s famous rhubarb triangle, in Carlton, near Wakefield, have been busy picking the plant to transport south.

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Forced rhubarb, which is sweeter than the outdoor variety, has to be carefully grown without letting light in so picking is done by candle light.

Company director Janet Oldroyd-Hume said: “We’ve been harvesting rhubarb for shipment to London for Valentine’s Day for some of the big London restaurants. Rhubarb is on a lot of restaurant menus now and it goes with the red theme for Valentine’s Day.”

According to some studies, red rhubarb stalks are said to have been used as a romantic stimulant since the Chinese first cultivated the plant in 2700 BC.

 

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