Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Although the leaves of this plant are toxic and the stalks are tart, some sugar and heat easily mellow its pungent flavors and make it a perfect fit for both savory and sweet treats. While rhubarb is botanically defined as a vegetable, a New York court decided in 1947 that it would be classified as a fruit for distribution and regulation purposes. Perhaps for this reason, strawberry rhubarb pie became the most commonly associated recipe. But cooks today are finding other culinary uses for this crimson colored, crisp ingredient and it’s ending up in jams, soups, salsas, and stews.

In Season

April, May, June, July

Available From

Recipes with Rhubarb

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Ze Xiao, Pie Contest Winner

Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes with Summer Fruit Compotes

Stephanie Rosenbaum, World of Doughnuts

Radish, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Salad

Louisa Shafia, The New Persian Kitchen

Fried Rhubarb Pie

Frances Ang, Fifth Floor Restaurant

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