Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rhubarb: The facts.

So, while we wait for other local fruit and vegetables to become available I thought maybe you would all benefit from a run down of what Rhubarb is.

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable. Only recently, in comparison to the multitude of other vegetables we eat on a regular basis, has it been accepted as a commonplace item of produce. Only the stalks (or petioles) are edible, the rest of the plant, specifically the green leaves are poisonous and contain oxalic acid. 

Rhubarb is most commonly consumed in pies or crisps. Its also good as a jam, or stewed and put on toast or pancakes. The stalks can also be eaten raw, though I always advise to dip them in sugar as they are quite tart. 

Rhubarb is easy enough to grow here in our Fraser Valley climate and flourish in the colder weather. The plants divide and spread and will live for over 10 years. If you would like to try your hand at growing Rhubarb we have plants for sale for only $5. Come and pick one up today! :) 

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