Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rhubarb Recipe Roundup

Our garden is overflowing with rhubarb --

From a few email questions lately, I realize many of you have questions about this delicious veggie.

Rhubarb is high in vitamin C, fiber and calcium.  It's an excellent spring veggie to use in desserts.  Yep - you can get your veggies from dessert :)

First things first -- the leaves of the rhubarb have high levels of oxalic acid, a plant secondary compound that is toxic to humans.  Thus - DO NOT EAT THE LEAVES.

Next, look for stalks that are firm and red in color.  Just as you would snap celery off of the bunch of celery, snap the rhubarb stalk off of the plant.  You can do this by grabbing the stalk right as it comes out of the ground and use a slight twist/turn/pull method to remove the stalk.  

Sometimes I cut off the stalk, but it is better for the plant to snap off the whole petiole (the botanist term for stalk).

Finally, Cut off the leaves and discard.

Wash the stalks well and prepare for use.

Rhubarb is one of the first veggies available in the spring and should be harvested in May and early June. As the summer continues, the stalks tend to get more hollow and dry.  

You can harvest petioles daily, but don't take more than 1/3 of the petioles from any given plant in one harvest.  

Once you have the rhubarb harvested you can slice the rhubarb and freeze it for later use.  You can blanch the veggie, or, just dry freeze it by placing the sliced rhubarb in an airtight container.

Rhubarb is likely most famous for strawberry rhubarb pie, but rhubarb also makes a stunning rhubarb wine.

Here are a list of our favorite rhubarb recipes:


Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
Blueberry Rhubarb Muffins

How do you like your rhubarb?  Have you ever tried rhubarb?  Does it grow where you live?  I'd love to hear!

Linked to: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Kitchen Tip Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday


  1. I love rhubarb! I prefer savory recipes though.

  2. Wow, I would love to grow my own rhubarb!

  3. I don't think I've ever even tasted rubarb before, but it looks yummy in those muffins! ;o) I can't get over how much it looks like celery -- is that sort of what it tastes like too?

  4. Wow, this is a perfect post. I made a rhubarb recipe only once and my husband and I loved it. He keeps asking for more so this is extremely helpful. Wish I could grow my own anything but we are overrun with rabbits! :)

  5. @ Katrina --

    As long as you live in a northern area, you can grow rhubarb! Our rabbits leave it alone :)


    @ Rachel -

    Rhubarb is really sour/tart on it's own, which is why most folks use it in desserts. It does look like celery ... but it's less stringy and more tart!

  6. I love to make my grandmother's recipe for rhubarb poundcake. (It's served with stewed rhubarb and a poured custard sauce....so quintessentially British!)

    I also like to put about 1/4 cup of rhubarb in Waldorf salad, in place of some of the celery.

  7. There is an awesome resource for rhubarb recipes available at rhubardcentral.com.

  8. I've actually never had rhubarb, but I did find this recipe today and instantly thought of you! Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2011/06/strawberry-rhubarb-baked-oatmeal.html


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