Ultra-fast-growing rhubarb makes incredibly weird sounds


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/13/ultra-fast-growing-rhubarb-mak.html


Personally, I’d be happy enough with stunted rhubarb.




I can’t help feeling a little sorry for the rhubarb.


Ok, veal rhubarb!


interesting to hear what matmos is up to these days


I was going to say that it doesn’t seem to mind.

Grows quite happily left in the dark with a covering of shit every now and then.

Bit like mushrooms and voters.

But then I noticed that in the industrialised process the plant apparently only survives one season of forcing (because they keep picking all year long rather than just picking the initial shoots in spring and then letting the plant rest over summer and winter).

Unforced rhubarb - I’m not sure it ever dies.

You just keep dividing it until it’s taken over all available space and by then it’s probably SEP.

You can force your own rhubarb without needing heated sheds, etc. Just stick a big enough pot over the plant in winter.


Rhubarb or Eno?


That would be the Rhubarbra Streisand effect


All alone at night, by the fire, wrapped up in a good book. Suddenly, in the garden, a malevolent sound…


This group of hikers was never seen again…


The Celery Rhubarb Stalks At Midnight



Rhubarb: keeping Victorians regular for 200 years. One of the few fresh “fruits” available in the winter/early spring before long range transportation.

Much of the forcing is done in the Rhubarb Triangle.

“Yorkshire forced rhubarb” has been awarded Protected Designation of Origin status (PDO) by the European Commission, like champagne or Parma ham. Will this survive Brexit?


“Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices,” said Frantisek Baluska, a plant cell biologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and co-author of the study. “They’re living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like with humans feeling pain or joy.” “In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some compass.”


sounds like an 18th century “recruiting” tactic for the Royal Navy


I can give testimony to that - my parents got a chunk of rhubarb root from my grandmother - it had been mature and growing in her yard when she and my grandfather built their house (about 12 years before my mother was born, ie: in the late 1930s), and it not only survived being transplanted once, but through three moves for my parents, and was still growing strong and producing good quality stalks, as of this past summer. (That means it’s a minimum of 80 years old at this point, possibly more.)

Sadly, my parents moved out of their previous house and forgot to dig it out and take it with them, so I’ve got no idea if it’s new owners will appreciate it, or even kept it.



EU legislation on PDOs will have to be transposed into UK law otherwise protection for UK PDOs in the UK will lapse. Whether there will be mutual recognition between the UK and the EU will depend on post-Brexit trade agreements.


Yeah sounds kind of like this…