What is Rhubarb?
Rhubarb refers to the commonly found plant or stalks of the plant depending on who you talk to from the family Polygonaceae and genus Rheum. There are many cultivars out there to choose from, most stemming from a few strains grown as vegetable crops in England and Scandinavia.
Love Rhubarb? Love the stalks only, the leaves are poisonous!
Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin-Madison gives us some interesting facts to enjoy with the season’s recipes.
- “The ancient Chinese used it as a medicinal herb over 5000 years ago”
- “native to southern Siberia….grown along the Volga River”
- “used as a cure for stomach aches and fevers”
- “Rhubarb varieties are classified as red, green, or speckled” .
- “color and sweetness not always related “
- “You can harvest vigorous, well established plants throughout the summer”
Enjoy this seasonal treat with our Simple Rhubarb Crisp Recipe
8 cups chopped rhubarb (1 inch pieces)
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 bag Apple Crisp Topping Mix
Mix flour and sugar. Toss rhubarb in sugar mixture and spread evenly in an ungreased 9×13 pan. Prepare Sturdiwheat Apple Crisp Topping Mix as directed on package. Crumble on top of rhubarb and bake according to directions on topping mix. So simple!
Enjoy warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!!