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Forced rhubarb

3rd January, 2009

While wine makers in Britain face happily towards global warming, more traditional producers are not so sure, with the winter treat of forced rhubarb being a case in point.

Invented by a Victorian gardener who accidentally left a flowerpot upside-down on the plant, the stalks were soon growing at great speed in an attempt to reach the sun.

Further inspection showed that the pink stalks were more tender and succulent than its later-growing sisters.

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