You have probably seen that reddish-greenish celery looking stalk in the grocery store or farmers market usually around mid to the late spring months (April-May) and sometimes even longer because it is a perennial plant, meaning that it comes back every year and it continues growing even after it has it been cut down several times. Some farmers will even go as far as to associate rhubarb to be a weed like plant because of how it spreads out and over takes the farm land. Did you know that rhubarb is one of the first fruit/plant to be harvested in the beginning of the harvest season and also the colors of rhubarb will vary depending on whether it is grown in a hot house or outside. Rhubarb is really a vegetable not a fruit, however, since it is used so much in dessert like dishes and often paired with strawberries to enhance it tart taste, it is officially considered a fruit.
Rhubarb Fun Facts:
• First fruit/plant to be harvested
• Often paired with strawberries
• Rhubarb is really a vegetable
• Most often used in pies, tarts, crumble , wine and jams
• Used as laxative in Chinese medicine for dieting aid
• Aids in lowering blood glucose in diabetics
• Capable of carrying electrical charge
• Hungry wild animals love to dig up end eat rhubarb
• In Chile, rhubarb is sold on the street with salt or dried chili pepper, not sugar.
• Rhubarb is served as a sweet for children in parts of the United Kingdom and Sweden was a tender stick of rhubarb, dipped in sugar. It is still eaten this way in western Finland and Norway, Iceland and some other parts of the world.