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Come March rhubarb starts popping up everywhere. From the farmers' market to the produce aisle of your grocery store, rhubarb's crimson-colored stalks are hard to miss. Which raises the question: do you know how to cook rhubarb?
Rhubarb pie is a seasonal favorite but there are many uses for this tart vegetable - some which may even surprise you.
Tips and Tricks: How to Cut Rhubarb
While rhubarb make look like celery it has an entirely different flavor profile. Rhubarb is tart and slightly bitter, which is why it is traditionally paired with sugar and fruits like berries and apples.
One important thing to note is that rhubarb leaves are poisonous (celery leaves are not) and should never be eaten.
When purchasing rhubarb look for stalks that are deep red and have no cuts or bruises.
Here is a quick tutorial from Clean & Delicious on how to cut rhubarb in preparation for cooking:
How To Cook Rhubarb: Desserts, Drinks and More
Rhubarb Strawberry Pie
This iconic recipe is what rhubarb is mostly known for: adding a pleasant tartness to a sweet berry pie. The pairing is delectable and easy to make.
Cool off on a warm day with a refreshing glass of rhubarb lemonade.
The recipe involves making a rhubarb syrup that is used to flavor the lemonade. It is simply superb!
This apple and red currant punch infused with champagne and rhubarb is great for entertaining.
Another great way of cooking rhubarb is to prepare a compote. The blend of spices and flavors makes it an ideal side to foie gras and roasted meats.
Or try these fantastic recipe for a panna cotta topped with rhubarb compote and mint.
Rhubarb-Filled Ginger Cakes
When it comes to adorable desserts it is hard to top with fragrant ginger cakes.
A creamy rhubarb filling makes these the perfect treat for your sweetheart.