Welcome to another Seasonal Recipe Round-Up! This time we're featuring rhubarb (and next time is asparagus — see schedule below). I'm sharing my tips and two recipes, and you can participate by sharing your own tips and/or recipes in the comments.
What is Rhubarb?
Rhubarb is a perennial plant with crisp, celery-like stalks and large triangular-shaped leaves. The leaves are toxic, but the stalks may be eaten or used medicinally. It is mostly water and does not boast high nutrients — except for Vitamin C and calcium.
How to Use Rhubarb
Being so tart, rhubarb stalks are usually stewed and sweetened and often combined with other fruits to make jams, pies, cobblers, pickles, relishes, and chutneys. In my book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods, you'll see a rhubarb soda as well as a rhubarb chutney. Also, Shannon from Nourishing Days created a delicious-looking lacto-fermented rhubarb chutney — I've wanted to try it since I saw it last year.
I take a knife and gently peel off of the outer, stringy layer before using it in dishes. But you don't have to do that. It can be stewed in big chunks or in small dices. Just a few minutes of stewing and it will fall apart easily.
Do not eat rhubarb leaves! They contain high, poisonous levels of oxalates. More information is here.
How to Store Rhubarb
Cut off leaves and trim stalk ends. Wash the stalks and pat dry. Cut into your preferred size pieces for storage. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Freeze for longer term.
Two Rhubarb Recipes
In today's Seasonal Recipe Round-Up, I'm sharing two GAPS-friendly, honey-sweetened, nourishing recipes to help you use up your abundant rhubarb — a tart rhubarb jam and moist rhubarb-walnut muffins.
Now, it is your turn to share!
How to Participate in the Seasonal Recipe Round-Up
Bloggers and non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with your favorite recipes or posts.
Please use real, whole ingredients in recipes, and preferably traditional methods of preparation. Whole ingredients means whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, and unrefined sweeteners. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, I will delete any recipes that use processed, boxed foods. Where possible, incorporate traditional methods of preparation, like soaking, sprouting and fermenting. The idea here is that your recipes and tips should help our readers find traditional methods for preparing seasonal vegetables.
Share Your Rhubarb Recipes and Tips!
Seasonal Recipe Round-Up Schedule: April through June
- Friday, April 27, 2012 — Chard
- Friday, May 11, 2012 — Spinach
- Friday, May 25, 2012 — Rhubarb
- Friday, June 8, 2012 — Asparagus
- Friday, June 22, 2012 — Strawberries
All seasonal recipe round-ups are (and will be) listed on the Recipes page.
Come back on Friday, June 8 for our asparagus link-up in the Seasonal Recipe Round-Up.
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