I have a rhubarb thief in my area. I was out in my yard yesterday and noticed that someone had helped themselves to all of my rhubarb, which had been pretty impressive. Now I am a little bummed that it is gone but I guess I am also happy that if someone had to steal from me…they only took some food. How can I blame someone for wanting to steal delicious rhubarb?
If you are not familiar with rhubarb let me tell you a little about it. It is a stalk vegetable that is usually eaten as a fruit. In appearance, rhubarb closely resembles celery and ranges in color from a light pinkish green to a deep, brilliant fuchsia. The plant is actually a member of the buckwheat family and only the stalks are edible, since the leaves contain a fairly high amount of oxalic acid, a compound which can be lethal. Nutritionally, rhubarb is very low in calories and is a reasonably good source of fiber and vitamins C and K.
Raw rhubarb has a fresh, tart flavor, similar to that of a lemon, but it is almost never eaten raw. Generally, it is combined with other fruits, flavors and sugar. I love strawberry and rhubarb pie myself.
Here is a recipe for Blink of and Eye Rhubarb Cobbler.
Well, I hope that rhubarb thief makes something delicious with it!
Sunday, May 14th, 2006