Rhubarb, you tarty treat, you are a welcome sight for these winter-weary eyes.
Rhubarb is the first local “fruit” (technically it’s a vegetable) that we have seen in this neck of the woods since apples last fall and it feels like a time to rejoice.
Rhubarb is a robust, prolific perennial plant whose leaves are poisonous, yet its stalks are edible. The stalks are a beautiful red with a tart, tangy flesh that is perfect for pies, tarts, crisps and crumbles, and used in condiments such as jams and chutneys.
There’s nothing like a warm fruit crisp with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side. Ummmm! For dessert on Friday night, I made an Apple-Rhubarb Crisp from an Epicurious recipe.
Here are links to some other rhubarb recipes:
- Local blogger A Crafty Lass offers a recipe for Honey Vanilla Rhubarb which looks delicious.
- The Minneapolis Star Tribune offers recipes in the Taste section for Rhubarb Bars , Marnie’s Rhubarb Chutney, and Rhubarb Lemonade (scroll down page to see last 2 recipes).
- Smitten Kitchen features a recipe for Rhubarb Cobbler .
- There are a ton of other rhubarb recipes at the website The Rhubarb Compendium, including breads, muffins, cakes, sauces, etc.
- And for the truly adventurous, whip up some Rhubarb Basil Cocktails, a frosty concoction comprised of basil leaves, rhubarb puree, vodka, club soda and ice. Now I just have to try this cocktail for how bizarre it sounds.
If you’re interested in picking up a large quantity of rhubarb, check out Berry Hill Farm in Anoka. They also offer strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins in season. Per an email from them which I received today:
The summer season at the Berry Hill Farm has begun! We will be selling rhubarb starting now, for $1.00 per pound. If you are interested please call Amy at 763-753-5891.
Note that their produce is conventionally grown, not organic. I haven’t bought rhubarb from them before, but I’ve gone out to their farm to pick strawberries in season and the flavor was amazing.
Any rhuBarbies out there who wish to share their favorite recipes?