What is Rhubarb you say?
Rhubarb is a hardy perennial vegetable that has a signature tartness that is hard to forget. Even though, botanically speaking, it is a vegetable, most of the time it is paired with fruits in desserts. Conveniently, it matures at the same time as strawberries, which is why they are often famously paired together. The sweetness of the strawberries balances the tartness of the rhubarb…and magic is created.
Rhubarb is not only delicious, but nutritious as well. It is packed full of vitamins C & K, along with high amounts of fiber, potassium, calcium, and manganese. It is also low in calories, and contains no cholestrol or saturated fat. Yep…it’s awesome!
** Caution: THE LEAVES OF RHUBARB ARE POISONOUS! The leaf contains high amounts of oxalic acid, therefore only the stalk (petiole) should be consumed.**
I love my rhubarb plant. It has beautiful leaves and edible stalks from spring to fall. I’m greedy though. I want rhubarb in the winter too. How do I do that? you ask. I freeze it! Freezing rhubard is super easy. It can even last up to 8 months or longer in the freezer. In fact, stay tuned to Sow True Seed’s blog, because this spring I will show you how to harvest and freeze rhubarb. I might even give you my recipe for Rhubarb Apple Chutney.
There is nothing better than to have a springtime treat in the dead of winter. In fact, that is exactly what I did last week. I had frozen rhurarb and strawberries that I had put up from last year’s garden. They were calling to me from their frozen keep. What does a person do when their fruit and vegetables are talking to them from the freezer? Well bake them of course!
This weeks culinary adventure is Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp. And oh my goodness is it ever fantastic! You can find the recipe below…
(Placing the pan on a cookie sheet will help contain any fruit that bubbles over)
Rhubarb can be used in a variety of recipes. Here are just a few suggestions of how to use this amazingly delicious plant…
|* Pies||* Sauces||* Jellies|
|* Cakes||* Preserves||* Juice|
|* Syrups||* Compote||* Sorbets|