Why We Love Rhubarb (And You Should Too!)

It’s more versatile than you think!

Easy to grow, yet easy to overlook. Many people shy away from rhubarb due to its tartness and confusion over how to prepare it. Once picked, rhubarb is easily stored in the refrigerator or can be frozen for future use. Check out these simple recipes for some great ideas on how to use rhubarb:


Home made strawberry and rhubarb ice cream

rhubarb ice creamRhubarb is delicious warm. Served in a pie or dolloped over vanilla ice cream, the fruit seems to signal the start of spring. But, as the days get hotter, I’ve been looking for ways to get my rhubarb fix without the extra heat. Enter rhubarb ice cream.

I love home made ice cream because you can use only natural ingredients. You can get rid of ugly preservatives and artificial colours and enjoy something totally organic. This is my second batch, after making my first with only rhubarb. Now that cherries are in season, I’m looking forward to having a go with rhubarb and cherry ice cream! What, dear readers, are your favourite ice cream flavours and will you be making your own this summer?

Rustic Rhubarb Tart Recipe

Two volunteers collected from two more fruit donors this week.  Sounds like they harvested another 5 pounds to share between themselves and the tenants of Fred Tipping Place.

Aleta, one of those volunteers says:

“I made a great (and yummy) Rhubarb Tart with some of the rhubarb we collected last week,and then I chopped & froze about 8 more cups for future use. 

Here’s the Recipe for the Tart.  I swear by Canadian Living Recipes!!”

Rustic Rhubarb Tart
By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

This recipe makes 12 servings (This recipe can be changed to serve less by going to the website recipe @ http://www.canadianliving.com/food/rustic_rhubarb_tart.php

6 cups (1.5 L) chopped rhubarb
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp (1 mL) nutmeg
1/4 cup (50 mL) coarsely chopped pecans
1 tbsp (15 mL) milk
Icing sugar

3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1-1/2 cup (375 mL) cold butter
2/3 cup (150 mL) cold water

Pastry: In bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until in fine crumbs. Add water; stir with fork just until moistened. Transfer to work surface and press pastry together; knead lightly 5 or 6 times just until dough forms ball. Flatten slightly into disc; wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into 16-inch (40 cm.) circle, leaving edges rough. Transfer to 12-inch (30 cm) pizza pan, letting pastry hang over edge.
In bowl, toss together rhubarb, sugar, flour and nutmeg. Arrange over pastry; sprinkle with pecans. Fold pastry overhang over filling. Brush pastry with milk. Bake in 425°F (220°C) oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F (190°C); bake for 35 to 40 minutes longer or until rhubarb is tender and pastry golden. Let cool on rack; dust with icing sugar.

Have a great day!

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

(Adapted from Land O Lakes)


3 cups 1/2″ chopped fresh rhubarb
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup salted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup icing sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


In a medium saucepan, stir together rhubarb, and lemon juice. Place over medium heat – cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until fruit is tender, about 8-12 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Stir into fruit mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.

Rhubarb Parfait Recipe

We had these rhubarb parfaits for breakfast this morning.  Once the kids saw the fancy glasses, they couldn’t wait to dig in.  And even once they discovered it was plain yogurt with lightly sweetened stewed rhubarb, they finished the whole thing (we did add more granola to take away some of the tartness).
Thanks to Kelly for the great idea!  It really is quite simple.  A layer of stewed rhubarb, yogurt, stewed rhubarb and granola. The sugar content is completely up to you.  I like to get away with as little sugar as possible, but if you prefer, you can add more sugar to the stewed rhubarb and use sweetened yogurt.  In fact, you could even use ice cream or sweetened whip cream to turn this into a delicious dessert.
Simple Stewed Rhubarb Recipe
6 cups of diced rhubarb
1/4 cup of water (just to cover the bottom of the pot)
1/4 cup of sugar (adjust to suit your preference)

Toss all ingredients into a pot and cook until soft and tender.
Of course there are a lot of variations to the simple stewed rhubarb.  You could…
  • add spices like ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg