Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rhubarb? What The Heck Is Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a stalky vegetable like celery, only less stringy and with bigger leaves. Rhubarb stalks are tender but crunchy and have a pungent, tart taste, like a good lemon or a puckery Granny Smith apple. Rhubarb is great baked into a pie (with or without strawberries) or stovetop cooked into a sauce that can be served over ice cream or a chunkier stewed form that's good on shortcake. Don't eat the leaves or roots, though, they're poisonous.

1 comment:

Chaotic Joy said...

We grew up eating Rhubarb pie hot with ice cream. Yum. But when we moved down south I remember my mom always complaining because the checkout people at the grocery store never had any idea how to ring it up, because they had never even heard of it.

It must be a regional thing.