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Rhubarb — Fruit or Vegetable?

By May 12, 2008

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Actually, rhubarb is a vegetable. Payback for tomato being a fruit. Rhubarb is a harbinger of spring and is usually married with fruit -- apples, strawberries, oranges -- so guilt by association, I guess.

Now is the time to avail yourself of young, tender, less stringy rhubarb. Look for brilliantly colored ribs that are crisp and don't bend easily. You'll be rewarded with a tangy-sweet flavor not unlike tart apples.

While most people are familiar with cooked rhubarb, try it raw in this creamy Polish Rhubarb-Carrot Salad. It's refreshing and a great change of pace.

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July 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm
(1) karl says:

Is rubarb truely as poisonous as it is edible? Is this a truth?

July 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm
(2) easteuropeanfood says:

It’s the leaves that are poisonous, not the actual rhubarb. Don’t eat the leaves!!!

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