Rhubarb is a tasty, low maintenance perennial vegetable, meaning it dies down in autumn only to bounce back with incredible vigour in the spring. Originating from Siberia where harsh conditions and extreme temperatures are the norm, it is fully hardy and frost resistant; in fact it requires a winter chill period to produce the best crops. Northern England has the ideal climate as its cooler winter and mild summers make for redder stems. Rhubarb plants are the ideal choice for novices and first time vegetable growers as they are very forgiving. One large clump will provide a good crop and give you a tasty treat when little else in the garden is ready to harvest. It is also quite a sight in the vegetable garden with its large, distinctive leaves and striking red stems. Rhubarb plants make an excellent investment; with a little care and attention, they will be trouble free and provide a plentiful harvest for up to 20 years without needing to be replaced.