Rhubarb is a basic essential for good reason. It springs into life early in the year, just as we hit the 'Hunger gap' - a time when Winter veg is pretty much all used up, or past its best, and most other veg is even yet to be sown. Prior covering the crown with a forcing pot encourages the vibrant, pinky purple stems to venture upwards that little bit earlier, into the dark and protective dome. And this first harvest is all the sweeter accordingly. Many moons ago, as a 'wet-behind-the-ears' gardener, I purchased my first forcing pot thinking it to be a lovely, large plant pot, albeit with an extra large hole at the base! This highly productive, easy to care for plant (technically a fruit, not a vegetable) just keeps on giving. I pull a handful of stalks very once in a while, chop (having removed the leaves) and gently cook till soft, and add a spoonful or two over my breakfast each morning - lovely.