Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rhubarb

One off-hand comment by a garden club member about looking for rhubarb led me to write an article for the Spencer Magnet on the subject. (Read "Rhubarb, The Taste of Nostalgia")

My experience with rhubarb is limited to the one time a docent at the Tullie Smith House at the Atlanta History Center made a strawberry-rhubarb pie when I was an intern there. I remember it being good, but I haven't sought out rhubarb since then. After writing this story, and seeing how beautiful the plant it, I'm considering putting in a rhubarb bed!

Rhubarb is sour, so most recipes call for it to be used in desserts. That way sugar and fruit can act as a counter balance to its tartness. I've also heard people describe it as counteracting the sweetness of other things.

Here are some resources if you are interested in learning more about this vegetable:

2 comments:

eastkentuckygal said...

My Mimi ( maternal grandmother) made a rhubarb cobbler that was absolutely divine. I loved it. I've been meaning to try to make one myself. A rhubarb bed sounds nice.

Rootietoot said...

My mom made rhubarb pie, but she was violently opposed to sugar (it was the '70's and Sugar Was Evil)so we had it unsugared. yeah. It was, however, pretty in the garden.