What is Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a vegetable, although eaten as a fruit, this vegetable has a similar appearance and crunch to that of celery.  The only edible part of the Rhubarb is the stalk however, the leaves of the Rhubarb plant are toxic to both humans and pets.

This tart vegetable has a unique flavor and can be eaten raw or blends well when cooked with other sweeter berries.

How to Select Rhubarb at the Store

When looking for Rhubarb at your grocery store or farmers market you’ll want to look for stalks that are brightly coloured, firm and crisp.  Look for Leaves that are unblemished and fresh in appearance.  Rhubarb can spoil quickly, so be sure you are ready to use it within 5 days.  Rhubarb should be stored in the fridge.

Tips and Pairing Suggestions

Rhubarb can be cooked with sugar to help offset it’s tart flavour.

Cooking Rhubarb for a longer length of time will soften the texture.

The Red and Pink stalks are more tender than the thicker green stalks and require less sugar.

Rhubarb can be eaten raw, dipped into a sugar-cinnamon blend makes a great tart treat.

Rhubarb blends well with; apples, cinnamon, ice cream, honey, lemon, mint, raspberries, strawberries, vanilla, sugar, pork and pastries.

Whether you are picking Rhubarb out of your garden, from the store or farmers market adding Rhubarb to your summer dishes is tart idea!

 

We recommend Produce Made Simple Stewed Rhubarb over Ice cream & Granola.  for more information or Rhubarb recipes follow their link.

Stewed Rhubarb with Ice Cream and Granola

Ingredients

1 pound rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1/3 – 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how tart or sweet you like it)
2 tablespoons water
touch of vanilla extract (optional)
Ice cream
Granola
Instructions

Place rhubarb, sugar, and water in a medium pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and liquid starts to boil, about 3 minutes.
Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally until rhubarb is saucy and tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Taste and add more sugar if you like it sweeter. Let cool.
Serve over ice cream and top with a little sprinkle of granola.