Rhubarb is a perennial plant that grows ruby red stalks and large triangular green leaves. Although not technically a fruit, the stalks of this plant are often cooked as if they were. Many people use it to make strawberry rhubarb pie. Whichever way you want to use it, growing your own can be an easy and rewarding experience.
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Rhubarb hosts a variety of healthy vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, fiber, folates, niacin, vitamins A, C, E, and K, magnesium, iron, and several others. These help prevent cancer, improve bone growth, improve metabolism, aid in healthy digestion, promote healthy skin, and more!
Enjoying this leafy vegetable is easy and delicious! The leaves of this plant are poisonous so always make sure to chop that part off, and use only the stalks. The stalks can be used in sweet treats like pies, fruit bars, and jams, but they can also be cooked in savory dishes as a salad, alongside meat, or mixed with other veggies.
Plant these in early Spring. At least 1/4 to 1/3 of the crown surface should be above ground level when properly planted. If the bud itself is below the soil line it may rot off and fail to grow. We have seen fall planted crowns frost heave and roll around on the soil surface and still grow! This isn’t an ideal situation, but it makes the point that a shallow crown will often grow and a crown planted below the surface almost certainly won’t.
Once established, these plants are relatively low maintenance and provide plenty of stalks for all your cooking and baking needs.