Yes, rhubarb, that’s all I have to talk about today. My husband loves rhubarb and strawberry pie. I’ve never made strawberry and rhubarb pie. I’ve made, chocolate cream, cherry, black cherry, apple, and cream pies. I’ve never done a thing with rhubarb except eat it combined with strawberries in a pie which someone else made.

I don’t understand the rhubarb. It’s a vegetable you know. Tell me when have you every steamed up a plate of rhubarb? When have you ever thought about this misunderstood vegetable? Why does it hang out with strawberries? Actually, it does occasionally hang out with other vegetables in salads every now and then, but I’ve never seen it. I also read it frequents cakes — alone. There is even a rhubarb wine — so apparently it hangs out with grapes too.

So, tell me how did a vegetable, with a name like rhubarb, ever make it into a pie?  Did you know there are at least 10 rhubarb festivals around the world every year? Did you know that June 9th is National (although I don’t know which nation) Strawberry Rhubarb Pie day?

Yes, there is so much exciting information to glean from the study of the vegetable, isn’t there? Did I tell you the leaves were poisonous? Yes, they are, but you can still put them in your compost pile because the toxins will decompose, and you will not be poisoned–as long as you don’t eat your compost pile.

I hope I didn’t disappoint anyone with this rhubarb post. I’m sure those Quince and Persimmon lovers would like a post for them and maybe someday their wish might come true.  And who says you can’t write something interesting when you have writer’s block?


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenna
    May 14, 2007 @ 17:55:50

    I’m with ya. I have never understood the rhubarb thing. I’ve never even tried it, so I can’t judge it yet, but it does seem odd. Way to say what we’re all thinking!

  2. rjlight
    May 14, 2007 @ 18:27:30

    I’m sure everyone’s thinking about rhubarb today!

  3. Luisa
    May 15, 2007 @ 03:23:07

    I LOVE rhubarb. I also love quince and persimmon. My pal Adriana at whatimadefordinner.blogspot.com has an awesome recipe for chicken thighs with rhubarb.

    Hey–that ain’t writer’s block, babe! Well done.

  4. Brent
    May 15, 2007 @ 04:05:56

    I was definitely pondering the mysteries of rhubarb all day. If I had only checked you site sooner, my mind could have been at rest.

    Another lesson learned the hard way.

    P.S. You should do an expose on Tomatoes too. What’s up with putting fruit onto pizza and pasta? I smell a conspiracy.

    (It has a faintly musky aroma, with just a hint of nutmeg.)

  5. Diane
    May 15, 2007 @ 04:55:31

    I didn’t know that about the leaves.

    But I’m personally opposed to rhubarb. It was never meant to be eaten. I’m sure God had some other purpose in mind – but not ingestion.

  6. rjlight
    May 15, 2007 @ 06:49:09

    Luisa — rhubarb with chicken thighs, really? hmmm

    Brent–my husband gets hostile when I mention that a tomatoe is a fruit, he’s in denial.

    Diane–I understand this opposition to the rhubarb — it was first used for medicine — I don’t know how it progressed to a dessert or main course.

  7. bubandpie
    May 15, 2007 @ 11:37:45

    Oh, do not underestimate the rhubarb! It’s especially elegant in a crisp – my 1.5-year-old ate up a whole bowlful the other day.

    (Here from Luisa’s place. Hi!)

  8. rjlight
    May 15, 2007 @ 12:59:22

    bubandpie — thanks for visiting from Luisa’s! Well, I can’t ever argue with a mom that can sneak vegetables into the 1.5 year old diet!

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