Rhubarb is grown primarily for its fleshy stalks, technically known as petioles. The use of rhubarb stems as food is a relatively recent innovation, first recorded in 17th century England, after affordable sugar became available to common people, and reaching a peak between the 20th century's two world wars. Sometimes thought as a fruit it is indeed a vegetable
Sweet Corn needs plenty of space as it can grow up to 2m (6ft) tall depending on the variety, and must been grown in blocks as it is pollinated by the wind knocking together the plants so they pollenate each other. Nothing beats fresh Sweet Corn, in fact my little lad likes nothing more than to pick a cob and munch it straight off the plant!
Tomatoes fresh from the vine are hard to beat, but with the many problems with growing tomatoes, including the dreaded blight are they worth the hassle on the allotment?
These are a versatile if not unusual vegetable, technically a fruit really. The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. The fruit can range either from ivory to yellow or orange in colour. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its centre contains many large seeds.