How to pick rhubarb

Rhubarb season is just about over but in case you still have a rhubarb patch in your yard that you’re getting ready to harvest, here are a few tips for the best ways to pick it, ensuring that next year you’ll still have plenty of rhubarb at your disposal:

  • Pick from the outside in.
  • Slide your hand to the base of the stalk and pull gently.
  • If pulling does not work, carefully cut the stalks as close to the ground as possible.
  • Leave the smaller, center stalks on the plant so it can continue to grow and thrive during the summer – NEVER pick all of the stalks from a rhubarb plant.
fresh rhubarb
Rhubarb harvested in River Heights on July 8.

Do you have any tips for picking rhubarb? Share in the comments section below! Some of our volunteers are long-time experts at rhubarb-picking, whereas others (me ;)) are just learning the techniques to help the plant survive whilst reaping a good harvest. We can use any advice you have!

– Sagan.