Many people have Rhubarb growing in their yard or garden. The leaves of this plant are poisonous, so avoid eating the leaves and wash your hands after harvesting or touching the leaves!
Despite the warning, Rhubarb stems are delicious and high in vitamin C. Rhubarb is featured in many pie, cobbler, and crisp dessert recipes. You can find some really fantastic recipes online. I like to pair it up with strawberries, raspberries, or currents that also grow in my yard. Since Rhubarb has a tart taste, the sweetness of the other berries means I don't have to add as much sugar to the recipe. There are many uses for this essential food for survival. Have you ever tried Rhubarb syrup on pancakes? It has a flavor all its own and is easy to make. Just cook chopped Rhubarb in a sauce pan on the stove top on medium heat, add honey or sugar to taste, and within 20 - 30 minutes, you have a delicious fresh home-made syrup to serve up with breakfast.
Rhubarb typically ripens in the early summer. The end of June to first week of July the Rhubarb sends out tall shoots of white seeds. That is my signal that the Rhubarb is ready to pick! Be sure to break off the seed stalks, as they rob the edible stalks of juicy nutrients. We recently harvested just enough Rhubarb to chop up and freeze in those self-sealing bags for our family in one afternoon. It was easy and fun. We left the majority of the Rhubarb for neighbors who have reserved their part of the crop and if there is any left over, Rhubarb makes a bold and dramatic statement in the yard or garden. Rhubarb has broad leaves that shade and deter weed growth as well.
So what to do with the leftover leaves and seed stalks? The debris pile is huge! I scatter them around the vacant garden areas to shrivel up and then till them under for organic fertilizer for next year. Another way I use the leaves and bits of stalks is to toss them onto areas that grow pesky weeds or plants that I don't want such as a patch of stinging nettles that just defies hoeing or any other weed killing attempts. The Rhubarb doesn't totally smother them, but retards their growth quite a bit. It also does a good job of covering the nettles which keeps the children safer when then are playing near that area of the yard.
Enjoy your Rhubarb this summer. It is one of the best foods for survival to add to your list. If you don't grow your own Rhubarb, ask a friend or neighbor to share.
Author: Sherron L Collins
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