Is Rhubarb a Fruit or Vegetable?


Fresh rhubarb. Photo courtesy MorgueFile
While dicing some stalks of rhubarb, the hubby asked if the red chunks were vegetables or a fruit.

Well, heck. I had no idea.

I was preparing a rhubarb-strawberry crisp, so I immediately thought fruit. Who eats rhubarb without sweetening it?

After a little quick research, we found out rhubarb is technically a vegetable. The perennial was initially grown for medicinal purposes in the Far East, according to the University of Ohio Extension Office.

Rhubarb Nutrition Facts:  One cup of diced, raw rhubarb
  • has just 26 calories
  • provides 45% of your daily vitamin K needs which helps blood clot and reduces your chances of bone fractures
  • is a source of omega-6 fatty acids which promote hair and skin growth and regulates your metabolism
  • can be eaten raw, but is very sour
  • the green leaves are poisonous and shouldn't be eaten
So, how do you like your rhubarb? I enjoy crisps, pies and sauces to top ice cream. And, since the farmer's market is plentiful with rhubarb this week, I'll be eating lots of it! Yum!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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12 comments:

  1. Oooh! The memories!
    My Papa was a baker. He used to grow rhubarb in our back yard in a patch under the dining room window. He would make the best pies he'd mix the rhubarb with strawberries for the filling, yummy!

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    1. Now I'm craving pie. That sounds delicious!! ~Angela

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  2. Love lunar rhubarb cake!(after baking, it looks like the surface of the moon) :)

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    1. Woah! That sounds really neat! I've never heard of that type of cake!

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  3. In the early summer when rhubarb was plentiful, my grandmother sent me out to the garden with a little Dixie cup of sugar and I dipped raw rhubarb in to it and ate it that way.

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    1. Hi, Angie! Thanks for stopping by. Your story has intrigued me. I might have to pick up some tender stalks at the farmer's market and give this a try. Mmmm.... Angela

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  4. Rhubarb pie...hot and topped with vanilla soy ice cream...is how I love my rhubarb!!!!

    http://veganamericanprincess.com

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  5. My mom makes a really great strawberry-rhubarb pie. I haven't had it for a while. I think it might be time again!

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    1. That screams SUMMERTIME to me! The strawberry-rhubarb crisp I made was wonderful. Enjoy!

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