Produce Update April 15, 2018
As we mentioned in a previous post, chives are ready, rhubarb is starting to come up and will be large enough to harvest in about a month.
Is rhubarb a fruit or vegetable?
Good question. Technically, it’s a vegetable, but most recipes use it like a fruit. Rhubarb is extremely high in Calcium. Although not everybody is fond of its tartness, you can mix it with sweeter fruits to cut down on the tart taste if you like. Rhubarb is excellent when mixed with sweet fruits like blueberries, peaches, strawberries and sweet varieties of apples. Even those who do not care for rhubarb love our recipe for Rhubarb Cake.
Topping rhubarb pie or other desserts with whipping cream or vanilla ice cream also helps to sweeten them up a bit. Below, we also have a recipe not on our recipe site for Roasted Rhubarb Salad. Yum.
For numerous ways to use rhubarb, see our recipe site on our sister site where we have dedicated an entire page to just rhubarb recipes: http://redstonepromotion.com/WPsites/recipes/
Rhubarb is worth eating just for its nutrient value, and if you can find clever ways to hide its tartness from those who don’t like tart foods, it is well worth it.
Roasted Rhubarb Salad Recipe: 4 servings
2 cups ½-inch pieces fresh rhubarb
2 tablespoons Sucanat or Rapadura organic sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 cups mixed baby greens
½ cup crumbled goat cheese or feta
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted in a frying pan for about 3-4 minutes
¼ cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Toss rhubarb with sugar in a medium bowl until well coated; let stand, stirring once or twice, for about 10 minutes. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, oil, shallot, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add greens; toss to coat with the dressing. Toast the walnuts. Divide the greens among 4 plates. Top with the rhubarb, goat cheese (or feta), walnuts and raisins.
Tip: To toast chopped nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Another traditional rhubarb favorite is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. A la mode; who can resist?