Most of my US friends probably know what rhubarb is, but maybe not everyone around the world. So I thought I'd show you more than the end result.
Rhubarb is sometimes called "Pie Plant," because that's one of the best ways that it ends up. It's a leafy vegetable, although those big beautiful leaves are toxic, and it's used more like a fruit. The dried up leaves on the lower left are the ones I cut yesterday. I put the discarded leaves around the plant to act as a mulch/compost.
What you want to collect are the stalks. They look and feel sort of like thick celery. But they don't taste anything like celery! The taste is extremely tart. I can eat it raw, but not too much. It needs a little sugar with it to be palatable, but with that bit of sweetening, it's one of my favorite flavors.
Here is a stalk that is trying to go to flower. These are just buds. I'll cut that off, to keep it producing leaves and stalks.
Ah, here we are! This is my favorite use for rhubarb. Pie! Pie for breakfast, pie for dessert. Did I mention that I like pie?
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