? Rhubarb is actually a vegetable. It is only known as a fruit due to its most common use in cookery

? Rhubarb is indigenous to Asia and has a long history within the use of traditional Chinese medicines

? In the UK, an area called the Rhubarb Triangle, encompassing Wakefield, Leeds and Morley, is infamous for its rhubarb production

? There are approximately 60 species of rhubarb

? Rhubarb is a popular constituent of GI diets. It is low in carbohydrate, high in vitamins and is also thought to speed metabolism and aid weight loss

? Rhubarb can be used to make wine as well as more common recipes such as tarts, crumbles and jams

? In former days, a common sweet for children was a tender stick of rhubarb dipped in sugar