Figs from T H Brown and Son

Figs from T H Brown and Son

Figs from T H Brown and Son

The fig is the most revered and ancient of fruit trees – mentioned in the Bible. “They are a gift from God”.

While figs are available most of the year from around the world, they tend to be a rather expensive delicacy. However, August / September is the time to take advantage of the huge supply of Black Bursa figs from Turkey.

 

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Rhubarb from T H Brown and Son

Rhubarb from T H Brown and Son

Rhubarb from T H Brown and Son

In the United Kingdom, rhubarb grows in two crops. The first crop is known as forced rhubarb and is usually available from January to early February. The forced roots of the rhubarb are grown in fields for approximately two years where they store energy. The rhubarb is then grown in forcing sheds where all light is excluded which encourages the plants to make an early growth before being harvested by candlelight. In the United Kingdom forced rhubarb is predominantly grown in an area in West Yorkshire dubbed as the ‘Rhubarb Triangle’. Due to being forced, the rhubarb is more delicately flavoured and tender with a crimson stalk and pale green leaves.

 

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