Take advantage of seasonal produce and learn how to cook rhubarb dishes for your family and friends. From purchasing rhubarb at the supermarket to exploring which flavors best complement rhubarb, find advice on how to prepare rhubarb with this helpful guide from My Food and Family.
For a little background, rhubarb is a vegetable that is used like a fruit in cooking. Rhubarb can have green or pink to red stalks—similar to celery stalks—and large green leaves. The only part of the plant that is edible is the stalk; the leaves are unsafe to eat and must be removed and discarded. The tart-flavored stalks are typically served sweetened and cooked. Field-grown rhubarb is available April through July, while hothouse varieties are sold January through June.
Below you’ll find some of our best rhubarb cooking tips. Also, check out our rhubarb recipes collection for great ways to incorporate it into your repertoire once you learn how to cook rhubarb.
As far as seasonal produce goes, rhubarb is one of our favorite vegetables to bring to the table. Its tart flavor makes it a great addition to cobblers, crisps, syrups and much more. For a dessert that will impress the entire family, try our Rhubarb Dump Cake or our Fresh Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, both great to make with fresh rhubarb in the warmer months. Try preserving your rhubarb with our recipe for SURE-JELL Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam so you can enjoy the summer harvest all year round! Add strawberries into the mix with our Fresh Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool, o make your day a little sweeter with our Rhubarb-Vanilla Meringue, delicious any time of year. Try your hand at a tasty rhubarb recipe today!