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I Want More Rhubarb

Updated on December 26, 2014

Rhubarb - How to Eat, Cook, Grow and Buy More Rhubarb

Here you'll find Rhubarb recipes, learn how to eat the rhubarb stalks - raw - right out of the garden, links to great Rhubarb resources, Rhubarb growing tips, and where to buy rhubarb to eat, and where to buy rhubarb to plant.

Rhubarb brings together bitter and sweet into a wonderful yin-yang experience. Rhubarb - raw or in strawberry rhubarb pie or rhubarb jam - harkens to the joys of Spring.If you've had Rhubarb, you know its intoxicating effects. If you've never had Rhubarb, no explanation will suffice.

By the way, Athena. took this picture of a lovely rhubarb pie & posted it here on Flickr. She and her friend actually made this rhubarb pie (it's beautiful!) - and she posted the recipe here on her blog.

eating rhubarb

Eating Rhubarb Raw

a.k.a. Being a Kid Again

How to Eat Rhubarb

Oh sure, you can cook it up into pie or jam.

But kids know how to really eat rhubarb - RAW!

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of picking rhubarb from the huge rhubarb patch that grew (ever larger) at the edge of my grandmother's yard. Then, we'd go inside, clean and cut it up, get out the plate of sugar, and play Boggle. Now, that's a great childhood!

Here's what you do:

  1. Buy it (the leafy tops should already be cut off because they're poisonous), or
  2. Grow it & cut off a few stalks (and cut off the tops & throw into the compost pile)
  3. Get a plate - paper plates work just fine on a table, or a real plate if you're going to sit with it on your lap on the warm summer grass, or
  4. Get a bowl - bowls are good too, but you can't roll it as easily in the bowl
  5. Peel the tough outside of the stalk with a paring knife, if you want. Of course, kids never do this
  6. Wet the bottom inch (a reasonable bit-size) of the stalk by putting it in your mouth
  7. Then, dip & roll it in the sugar
  8. Then bit off that section & smile, pucker & chew all at the same time.
  9. Ahhh, summertime!

COOKING RHUBARB

a.k.a. rhubarb recipes

How to Cook Rhubarb

Okay, so what if the other adult(s) in your family don't truly appreciate the magic of childhood by eating rhubarb raw?

Well, they can still enjoy the magical flavor of Rhubarb! Just cook it up into a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie or jam (my 2 favorites). Or, you can try the Southern favority - Rhubarb & Custard. A creamy treat.

These 3 Rhubarb books are my recommendations (hand-picked, no global searches here!) - they are the Rhubarb go-to basics & classics.

Enjoy introducing your family to the puckering sweetness of Rhubarb!

Also, see below for an Emeril Lagasse Rhubarb pie recipe and a Video on how to make Strawberry-Rhubarb pie!

How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

[Go to the 8-minute marker] Angela does a great job demonstrating how to make Strawberry Rhubarb pie!

Complete with wonderful crumb topping instructions & total strawberry & rhubarb preparations!

Emeril Lagasse's version of Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

From FoodNetwork.com

Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie with Almond Crumb Topping Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2000

Show: Emeril Live

Episode: Emeril's Farmers Market

7 tablespoons butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

1 lemon, juiced

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour

2 pounds fresh rhubarb, trim root end, peel and cut 1/4-inch thick

2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/4 cup rum

1 cup sliced almonds

1 unbaked 10-inch pie shell

8 scoops of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large sauté pan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter. Add the sugar, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Stir the mixture for 1 minute, to dissolve the sugars. Add the rhubarb and cook for 4 to 6 minutes. Add the strawberries and continue to sauté for 3 minutes. Add the rum and carefully flame the mixture. Sauté for 1 minute. Mix thoroughly and remove from the heat. Cool the mixture. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining butter, brown sugar, flour and sliced almonds. Using your hands, blend well, until the mixture resembles a crumb-like texture. Pour the rhubarb and strawberry filling into the pie shell. Sprinkle the crumb filling evenly over the fruit filling. Place the pie in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven. Let the pie cool before serving, about 10 minutes.

A Beautiful Plate deserving of Your Rhubarb Pie

You grew it, you cooked it, and now you're serving it. Do it in style. Add to your guests amazement of the truly remarkable Rhubarb experience.

Or, you bought the rhubarb pie filling, put it in a pie shell, and are about to sit out on the deck and dig in. As Mom used to say, "use a plate!" And a good one at that, because after all, in the North, summer only happens for a short time, once a year. Live it to the fullest!

Classic Coffee & Tea Butterfly Dessert Plates, Gold, Set of 6
Classic Coffee & Tea Butterfly Dessert Plates, Gold, Set of 6

Colorful. Butterflies. What more could you want to accompany your Rhubarb creations?!

 

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Growing Rhubarb

How to Grow Rhubarb

Get the best advice straight from the expert - Marion Owen - a masterful gardener in Alaska who grows her own Rhubarb - and teaches you how you can grow Rhubarb too! [That's right, she grows Rhubarb in Alaska!]

She too shares the love of Rhubarb. And you'll find out all about how to grow Rhubarb, along with a couple of her favorite recipes, at her Rhubarb pages.

Be forewarned, she recommends that if you live in the South, your best bet to home-grown Rhubarb is to convince a relative or friend in the North to grow Rhubarb for you and ship it to you.

So, if you live in the Northern half of the U.S. (and you know who you are - we usually have soil made of a variety of rocks, boulders and maple tree roots), or even points farther North, check out Marion Owen's Rhubarb pages and start growing your own source of the magical fruit known as Rhubarb today!

Where to Buy Rhubarb plants - to grow rhubarb in your garden

Rhubarb grows from a root, called a rhizome (not from a seed). This link will take you right to the Rhubarb page.

Rhubarb Books for Gardeners

Ok, you've gotta grow the rhubarb before you can make the pie. Now, don't get me wrong. If you don't have the inclination to grow anything, you can certainly buy your rhubarb from your local farmer's market or supermarket (but rhubarb is getting more and more difficult to find in the supermarket these days). But, if you enjoy having a little garden, or a few plants, or even a big veggie and flower garden, then you'll want to know the lovely secrets of growing the unique-ness that is Rhubarb!

Rhubarb is super easy to grow in the northern half of the US. And, fear not! It need not take over your garden! You can either stop it from spreading - OR - as I do - you can grow it in containers!

Now, if you're in Texas, your rhubarb probably won't thrive, so there's a veggie gardening book in here for you too, as a consolation. Maybe you can reach out to someone in the Guestbook and see if they can send you some of their home-grown rhubarb!

already made rhubarb

How to Get Home-Made Rhubarb Jams & Pie-filling & More

Gotta Have Rhubarb Jam Now!

Idea: Rhubarb Jam for your Christmas cookies!

Barry Farm (Bill & Linda Barry) has been doing us all a service for many years - growing good food without chemicals - and then harvesting, cooking, and providing it to us in the yummy homemade jam flavors that we love - especially Rhubarb!

All at your fingertips right here!

Want to learn more about the who, why and what-for about Barry Farm? Click HERE - BARRY FARM.

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam 10oz
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam 10oz

My favorite kind of Jam - Strawberry Rhubarb. Life doesn't get better than this! (Well, maybe it does, but Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is definitely included in the definition of "The Good Life!")

 

Barry Farm Prepared Rhubarb for those who are Sugar-Free

They said it couldn't be done. They said rhubarb loving diabetics had to suffer and abstain. But, Barry Farm proved them wrong!

And now, to the delight of your diabetic loved-ones, you can make rhubarb (or strawberry-rhubarb) pie for desert, or toast with rhubarb (or strawberry-rhubarb) jam for breakfast - or even a midnight snack!

Oh brave new world, with such wonderful rhubarb farms in it!

And the Joy of Barry Farm Prepared Rhubarb Continues ...

I know, I hear you saying it from way over here in NJ, what else could they do with rhubarb? Don't we have all the rhubarb bases covered already? We've got the rhubarb versus strawberry rhubarb versions, we've got the jam, and thankfully, for convenience sake, the pie filling. We've even got the sugar-free invention, in all four categories of rhubarb!

What more wonderful unique combinations lay ahead? Well, let's scroll down and find out! Look what's for dinner tonight!

Rhubarb Catsup, 8 fl.oz.
Rhubarb Catsup, 8 fl.oz.

A new twist on a classic. Impress your BBQ guests. Be the gourmet on the block with this unique blend of tart and tangy. And, wouldn't it be a GREAT accompanyment to meatloaf - on the plate - or even better - as a topping glaze baked into the meatloaf in the oven!

 

Lake Wobegon U.S.A. - Rhubarb episode - (audio tapes - listen to "Rhubarb" in the car!)

Garrison Keillor's radio tales are absolutely a hysterical piece of nostalgia. And now, you can hear his "Rhubarb" story!

Lake Wobegon USA Rhubarb
Lake Wobegon USA Rhubarb

Lake Wobegon is real old fashioned radio stories - with a great voice and great humor! Once you stumble upon a Lake Wobegon radio show, you just have to keep listening until the end - even if it means sitting in the parking lot of the restaurant until it's conclusion (which of course, my husband and I have done more than once!). Well, now you can listen to the Lake Wobegon episode named after your favorite magical fruit - Rhubarb!

 

Don McLean's Classic "American (Rhubarb) Pie"

[Just imagine a version of the lyrics, when, come Fall, we sing, "Bye, bye, Miss Rhubarb Pie" - such a sad event]

American Pie
American Pie

I grew up loving Don McLean's "American Pie." Beautiful poetry and music. Ahhh, reminiscing of childhood again. But, why not own a Classic and listen to "American Pie" while singing your own modified lyrics of "Bye, Bye Miss Rhubarb Pie" while snacking on your favorite rendition of rhubarb (raw, pie or custard)!

 

local rhubarb

Where to Get Fresh

Local Rhubarb

Farmers' Markets (to buy local rhubarb)

These days, you'll be lucky to find rhubarb in the supermarket. You know how supermarkets are - if they're not trucked or flown in from thousands of miles away, and in super-high demand, and completely packaged, the supermarkets aren't interested in selling it.

Rhubarb deserves special attention. Heck, the Good Lord only gives us fresh rhubarb a few weeks a year. Get the good stuff. Get the rhubarb that's grown at your local farms.

[And plus, if you're an environmentalist, the gas you use in your car driving to the farmers market will be far less than the petrol used to ship the rhubarb to your supermarket.]

Of course, if you're in the Southern states, you'll probably have to settle for supermarket rhubarb. And if your supermarket doesn't have it - demand it! Start a petition! Or, petition a friend, a relative, or a gardening blogger (maybe Craig's list or ebay) to mail you some!

Where in YOUR STATE can I go to a Farmers Markets to get rhubarb?

Tell us in a blurb in the guestbook & we'll add your state's farmers market guide to the list above! And, if you own, or know of, a great, farm stand that sells great rhubarb (then again, really, is there such a thing as rhubarb that isn't great?), tell us that too, and we'll add a link to it.

Northern NJ's Best Fresh Rhubarb Source - and Pick-Your-Own Strawberries - and an overall great source for farm fresh anything!

In case you're not into gardening, can't garden, or need your garden space for other "esential" items ...

Farms View in Wayne, NJ, just a couple miles off of Route 23, is an entire family fun experience. There's animals - rabbits, chickens, goats, for the kids to look at. There's tons of flowers. There's garden knick-knacks and spinning things. There's lots of berries to pick-your-own. When we picked strawberries there last June, we had a huge selection - and it was late in the season!

And of course, there's huge and tasty and tender RHUBARB. The best rhubarb to be found in Northern New Jersey, in my humble opinion.

And, there's TONS of farm fresh veggies to choose from, that are grown right there on the family farm.

What a great place!

As a kid, visiting Grandma's backyard & picking rhubarb to bring inside to a fresh bowl of sugar.

As a big kid, making my first strawberry-rhubarb pie.

As a bigger kid, introducing rhubarb to the un-indoctrinated.

What's your favorite Rhubarb story?

We want to know - your favorite Rhubarb experiences!

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      Im Horse Crazy 5 years ago

      We never have enough rhubarb!

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      TheresaMarkham 5 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks for the Squid Angel Blessing . . . and, I feel your Rhubarb pain! Although we live in the Northeast US, aka perfect rhubarb growing territory, we struggle with homeowners' association rules that limit our "growing" abilities!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for the recipes. My family love rhubarb and we cannot grow enough of it. We would eat it for breakfast, dinner and tea if we had enough. Even the possums love it and beat me to it. I have it growing under cover now, or I would have none. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! Thank you for posting my image and crediting it and my blog post! Probably one of the loveliest mentions I've had on the web. My friend who I made this with was reminiscing about that pie. It was our first pie from scratch and since then, I've done a few more and am much better at it. I still love rhubarb and am very sad how short the season and availability of it is in Canada. I like to do mine in rhubarb crumbles. Very easy and quick and super delicious.

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Thanks for all the rhubarb tips.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I don't live up-north but have grown rhubarb. It's is my husbands favorite anything. So much great info here and it is going to take hours to read it all. Thanks!!!

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      Steve and Annette 6 years ago

      I'm hoping to put in a couple of rhubarb plants this spring. We're getting our plants from "High Altitude Rhubarb Organic Farm & Nursery". We plan to follow the instructions on their website. See: http://highaltituderhubarb.com/Growing_and_Harvest...

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Love FRESH-Rhubarb and FRESH-Strawberry Pie! Have waxed sentimental over the Rhubarb patches of my childhood, and this year got myself a root. Just tiny but I'm starting it inside to give it a headstart. Like, fave & rolling to my G is for Garden!

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Love FRESH-Rhubarb and FRESH-Strawberry Pie! Have waxed sentimental over the Rhubarb patches of my childhood, and this year got myself a root. Just tiny but I'm starting it inside to give it a headstart. Like, fave & rolling to my G is for Garden!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Had my first taste of rhubarb just over a year ago (I am a Mississippian by birth y'all ) and thoroughly. Want to grow my own now. Great lens, makes my mouth water.

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      @seashell2: EXACTLY my experience too! So glad to see a similar raw-rhubarb-and-sugar soul on Squidoo!

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Rhubarb, I remember well from my childhood, it used to grow wild in our yard. We would break off a stock and dip it in sugar for a treat! Great lens!

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      Auntiekatkat 8 years ago

      Welcome to the very best of squidoo food lens group. a> We look forward to more of your lens in our group. I love rhubarb as well, rhubarb crumble has to be added to this lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Love rhubard with strawberries in a pie, but unfortunately it needs too much sugar to make it

      taste good.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Welcome to the Comfort Food Group. We grew rhubarb in a garden when I was a child. Still love it.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I'm going to plant some rhubarb next summer. Delightful lens! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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      Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

      Welcome to the Vegetarian Recipes Group.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      I used to have a rhubarb plant in my garden. Don't know what happened to it. I'll have to get more, as the kids like it raw.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love rhubarb and have a lens on it -- have added your lens as a featured lens to 'i love rhubarb' ... 5 stars! ;-)

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love rhubarb; I have it growing in my yard. I love that it lives through anything happily coming up again year after year.