Warmer weather this autumn means English forced rhubarb will be late starting this season.
David Westwood, chairman of the Leeds and District Market Gardeners’ Association, which represents the 13 specialist growers accounting for the bulk of national production grown around the Wakefield area, said he did not expect to pull the first of his crop for at least a fortnight. “The majority of members are still waiting to put roots into the forcing sheds,” he said.
Westwood said he did not expect any quality problems. Currently supermarkets are relying on imports from Holland.