Yorkshire rhubarb has been added to the list of unique regional foods whose source of production is protected by law, allowing it to join the elite club which includes champagne and Parma ham.
The singular pink stems of rhubarb, a staple dish here in Britain but seen as exotic in other parts of Europe, has been awarded Protected Designation of Origin by the EU, which means that only rhubarb produced within the county can be marketed using that name.
The award was welcomed by Defra secretary Hilary Benn who commented: “I was really pleased to meet Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb growers at Defra’s Christmas market which showcased many excellent products from all over Britain, and I'm very happy that their hard work has paid off.
“Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has been recognised thanks to the quality of this traditionally grown product and the enthusiasm and commitment shown by all involved. I want to see even more of the best of British produce being protected.”