I’m a big fan of eating what is in season, which means here in Seattle rhubarb from my garden and strawberries from California are ready to make a debut in my kitchen. Since my rhubarb was going crazy in the garden, I decided it was time to make something delicious out of it. My husband was giving me some hints as well.
I was first introduced to rhubarb in my paternal grandmother’s garden. However, the extent that she would use it was combining it with Strawberry Jell-O. It was delicious when I was a child, but my palette has grown quite a bit since that time and craves pies, crumbles, and crisps over gelatin.
Fun Finds About Rhubarb
I love knowing the history of plants and finding facts about them that I find interesting as I’m sure others will as well. Some rhubarb fun information that I came upon includes:
- 2700 years ago, rhubarb first appear in traditional Chinese medicine as the roots were thought to be a laxative and was one of the first Chinese medicines to be sent to the West.
- The leaves of rhubarb contain poisonous substances containing oxalic acid, which can do great damage to the kidneys. Humans were poisoned during World War I when Britain recommended the leaves as a food source. The reason the petioles (or stalks) are edible is that the percentage of oxalic acid is much smaller.
- For children in the UK, tender stalks of rhubarb dipped in sugar were a common treat in days past. This is still common in western Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden as well as other parts of the world. I’ll have to give this a try!
- Not all rhubarb has red petioles (stalks), my rhubarb has green, but there is also some that are light pink.
Now let’s move along to the main event – Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble!
Garden Fresh Rhubarb-Strawberry Crumble
Modified recipe from Ina Garten
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Happy Rhubarb Picking and Eating,