Rhubarb is an interesting fruit or vegetable depending on where you are from. Here in New York State rhubarb was declared a fruit by court order in 1947 because tariffs were lower on fruits. New York State is weird that way, we have a similar legal declaration about tomatoes being a vegetable???
In England the first rhubarb of the season is harvest at night, supposely to pick them when the stalks are most tender.. traditionally they would do this by candlelight... kinda of scary, or romantic depending how you want to look at it....
Rhubarb leaves and flowers are toxic and were used to kill rats back in the day... the stems have been traditionally used as a laxative. Before the availablity of a regular sugar supply rhubarb was not eaten as a food in Europe and the Americans. But in the 1700's it was discovered how wonderfully delicious this vegetable could be when stewed with sugar. It has since become a seasonal ingredient in pies and cakes...
Thanks to the many bloggers who share their wonderful recipes with us on Foodie Fridays I have discovered that rhubarb is delicious in both sweet and savory dishes. Check out some of these great recipes:
|Arugula Salad w/ Strawberries & Poached Rhubarb|
|Persian Rhubarb & Beef with Rice|
|Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce|
|Grilled Salmon w/ Strawberry Rhubarb Salsa|
|Rhubarb Cream Cheese Blondies|
|Rhubarb Butter Tarts|
|Naughty Rhubarb Scones|
Weekly Menu Plan:
Sunday: Mini Man Burger, Grilled Corn, Tomato Salad, Watermelon.
Meatless Monday: Onion & Cheese Quiche with Green Salad
Tuesday: Sweet n Sour Soup
Wednesday: Man Pleasing Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
Thursday: Frozen Goya Taquitos, Sour Cream, & Guacamole
Friday: 8th Grade Graduation Party
Saturday: Softball Picnic
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