Rhubarb is a tart and sour vegetable that resembles celery. The perennial plant grows best in cooler climates and is best harvested in early summer when the stalks are fully formed and red. Rhubarb has long been considered a super food and has been used in the past as a laxative and a treatment for hot flashes. Rhubarb has a lot of uses and is a very healthy addition to any diet.
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Pick rhubarb from the garden and munch it, immediately after washing, with a little bit of salt.
Use rhubarb to make rhubarb jam. The tart, sour taste mixed with sugar has a nice sweet and sour flavor on bread and toast.
Combine rhubarb with strawberries for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Jam. This combination brings out the best of both ingredients.
Cook rhubarb into a relish to serve as a delicious side dish.
Make rhubarb bread with whole wheat flour to give more fiber to your diet. Rhubarb bread can be made using any good banana bread recipe and substituting rhubarb for the bananas. The tartness of the rhubarb may require adding a bit more sugar to the recipe.
Mix rhubarb with sugar and flour to make a delicious Rhubarb Pie. Use a standard pie recipe and pastry for a two-crust pie.
Serve Rhubarb Crisp over vanilla ice cream as a flavorful dessert. Rhubarb can be substituted in any fruit crisp or cobbler recipe.
Tips and warnings
- If you've never tasted this lively treat from the garden, look for rhubarb in the produce section of your grocery store. It's kind of expensive per pound, so try throwing some rhubarb seeds out in your yard for your own harvest.