Saturday, 15 May 2010

With fire and rhubarb

'Rhubarb is the fruit of barbarians... they are armed with stalks, hard stalks they brandish in their hairy fists, stalks of raw rhubarb.'

4 comments:

malty said...

A keynote speech as ever was. Picked our first rhubarb last week, had it in a crumble with cream, Flagellum Dei's favourite.

worm said...

rhubarb is the fruit of fools

Barendina Smedley said...

The best thing about rhubarb is those earthenware pots gardeners use to cover it - infinitely more pleasant than the contents.

Gaw said...

Malty: The joys.

Worm: It is in fact a vegetable.

Barendina: I think rhubarb is attractive more generally. It's very difficult to pass a clump of it without stopping to take a closer look at the strange mess of elephant ears, strangely-coloured stalks, clods and straw. It also says something about the priorities of the owner - what a lot of bother for something that is only vaguely edible and can be bought very cheaply in season anyway. In fact, it confirms my growing belief that rhubarb is grown more for its mysterious appearance (in both senses) than for any more practical reason.