Rhubarb Rocks!

I’ve always loved Rhubarb. Growing up I remember going into the garden and breaking off a stalk with that giant leaf and chewing on the raw plant. Sometimes it would be sour and sometimes it would be sweet but in any case it was always treat for a young boy. Thats one of the reasons I’ve always thought that Rhubarb Rocks!

I remember my mother used to make a rhubarb tart that I really enjoyed. Somehow that favorite recipe slipped through the cracks and is gone. The good news is that now we have Pinterest and I can explore the world of recipes in search of new favorites. Our current picks for favorite rhubarb recipes are further down in this post.

First I did a little research and learned all kinds of things about one of my favorite perennials. In China, rhubarb is one of the most widely used herbs. The chinese use various concoctions based on rhubarb to treat digestive issues. Because of the possibility of  Oxalic Acid poisoning it is important to trim the leaves off of the stalk before cooking and children should be taught to eat only the stalk and not the leaf of the rhubarb plant.

Rhubarb originated in Asia. It’s use as a medicinal herb has been documented as far back as 2000 years ago. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that the culinary uses of rhubarb were discovered. Since then rhubarb has become increasingly popular. There are now rhubarb festivals from Australia to Europe and North America. Cooks claim the best and sweetest rhubarb is grown in the northern tier of states in the US and southern Canada.

Here’s a short video highlighting tips for growing your own rhubarb.

Now for the best part, the great recipes we found to use that fresh rhubarb you grew. The first recipe comes to us from Christina’s Cucina. It is a simple, flavorful use for rhubarb.

Baked Rhubarb with Creme Fraiche, Mascarpone or Whipped Cream

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Here is the recipe.

The next recipe is from Karen at the Food Charlatan. This one is potentially my next favorite pie. Here is her Rhubarb Custard Pie.

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Here is the recipe

We tried this rhubarb tart recipe from Taste of Home. It was every bit as good as it looks.

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Here is the recipe.

If you prefer your vegetables in a drink check this out. We have a recipe for rhubarb syrup and a rhubarb drink from Nerds with Knives. First the rhubarb syrup.

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Here is the recipe. Next is the Rhubarb 75. You need the syrup to make the drink so we gave you both recipes.

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Here is the recipe.

Mixing Rhubarb with Strawberry is a sure hit. Check out this strawberry rhubarb pie by the baker chick.com.

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Here is her classic recipe.

Do you have a favorite rhubarb recipe? Send us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!

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Meet the Dan behind Dan330. He started a Pinterest account in December 2011 while off on a leave from his day job as a captain on an Airbus A330. While traveling the world, Dan practiced his longtime hobby of photography and developed his eye for natural beauty and appreciation of great photography. Continuing his love of exploration and great pictures, Dan added Pinterest to his daily routine; especially during the long Minnesota winters. His eye for great photography was recognized by the Pinterest community and in just under one year, Dan330 had attracted over one million followers. Dan and his wife Laurie have three children, seven grandchildren and two grand puppies. When not pinning, Dan loves to travel and participate in just about any outdoor activity. There are a few exceptions to this, but to find out what they are you have to go to the Dan330 board dedicated to “Things he won’t do”.