Freelance Photographer Cambridge - Blog | 13 - Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb

March 01, 2017
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Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb

One of the distinct perks of working as a Food & Drink Photographer is that you are frequently given produce whilst working on a shoot. One of my all-time favourites is fresh rhubarb which is in season from March until September (at least the field-grown type is; forced rhubarb is a winter speciality). In recent years I have been given generous bunches of fresh rhubarb stems when undertaking location photo shoots at various local growers (NB: there are a lot of food & drink producers within and on the edge of Fenland all taking advantage of the prime Grade-1 agricultural land), food & drink wholesalers, and occasionally when undertaking restaurant shoots when chef has more rhubarb crop than is needed for the evening service. This is perhaps just as well as our neighbour’s rhubarb plant, a prolific cropper, has unfortunately been sacrificed to make way for the extension to the chicken run. The upside of this of course is a regular supply of eggs in lieu of chicken-sitting when the neighbours are away.

Although I certainly won’t be turning down any future offers of rhubarb I have managed to acquire a couple of rhubarb crowns for the garden. They have a lot to live up to as all our gifted rhubarb has been delicious when put to good use in crumbles, jams, chutneys and as a compote to accompany either yogurt or mackerel (not forgetting ‘plain’ stewed rhubarb stems with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream). The plant variety is ‘Timperley Early’ and although I did consider trying to force the stems for early harvesting I eventually decided to grow the plants in the conventional way for what hopefully will be a excellent crop over the spring and summer months – watch this space! It always seems such a shame that the leaves of rhubarb are not edible. They are undoubtedly attractive and the crisp light shining on the vibrant young leaves in this pre-planting shot looks superb. However, oxalic acid contained in the leaves is a toxin that can lead to kidney failure via kidney stones as well as painful joints due to the precipitation of calcium oxalate. Incidentally, this is the same stuff that causes ‘beerstone’ i.e. the incredibly stubborn inorganic scale that builds up in brewery pipes and tanks which can result in ‘off-flavour’ beer.

I can’t imagine that this fact will be at all useful but you might be interested to know that - supposedly going back to the days of William Shakespeare - actors have muttered ‘Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb’ in plays and films to simulate ‘just out of earshot’ background conversation. Apparently as the word rhubarb has no distinct phonemes (a unit of sound) or clearly defined vowels and consonants, repetitively repeating the word creates ambiguous background noise as would be heard when several conversations are overhead in a restaurant. Probably not at all useful but if by chance this comes up as the tie-break question in a prize quiz just be sure to remember who you heard it from!

   

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