Gardener’s question time


“Lemons,” said my twelve-year-old daughter,”and guavas”.

Excited by the imminent arrival of Spring I had foolishly asked the family which vegetables I should plan to grow this year.

“Vegetables,” I reiterated, “not tropical fruit. I can’t grow tropical fruit due to the garden’s position on the globe.”


I sighed and made my own list, starting with rhubarb because that is already growing.

Is rhubarb a vegetable?

8 Responses to “Gardener’s question time”

  1. 1 Andy, Aviva, Perth

    It doesn’t really matter if rhubarb is a veg. or a fruit because it’s very good for you. See the BBC news item from last month at

  2. 2 Mrs R

    I’m glad to hear the rhubarb is growing because I thought you killed it off in 2008.

  3. 4 Mike S

    …and, of course it’s important not to get hung up on whether something is a fruit or a vegetable. Remember the quote from Miles Kington;
    “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

  4. The true way to determine if anything is a vegetable or a fruit is to ask yourself, do I put gravy on it or custard. Gravy = veg, custard = fruit. Simples!!!!

  5. How odd. I have no recollection of posting that comment. In fact, if pushed, i would deny i had ever posted that comment. Not being an eater of either fruit or vegetables i had largely left this conversation un-regarded.
    How odd.
    Will anyone step forward to claim ownership of an undoubtedly very useful observation?
    I was playing in wakefield just the other week, had i known of its history i would undoubtedly have asked.

  6. The obvious choice is:
    Spaghetti squash and Melons (pleade dyslexia).

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