Rhubarb!


That is what my home town is famous for….

That and Liquorice!

I have grown up with rhubarb. My parents have always grown it in the garden. Every year we would cut the stalks and make rhubarb crumble or sometimes rhubarb AND apple pie….yummy!

Every year Yorkshire has a rhubarb festival. I was particularly impressed with this years event. There were free cookery classes held in the town centre in a huge marque.

Unfortunately, the festival was held in February….its very cold so if you do fancy going wrap up warm. The home made cakes and biscuits are definitely worth braving the cold for! There are plenty of market stalls and most offer free samples of their products!

So what makes rhubarb so good? Here are some interesting and random rhubarb facts:

  • Rhubarb has a crisp, tart taste.
  • The stalks are usually cooked with sugar in pies.
  • It’s low in cholesterol and sodium, keeps the body cleansed and offers a  good source of  dietary fiber, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium, and more.
  • Rhubarb was used in China in the 16th century as a medicine and healing plant.
  • The leaves attached to the stalk are actually poisonous!
  • The redder the stalk the sweeter the taste!
  • Rhubarb is actually a vegetable.
  • Rhubarb can be used as a laxative.
  • It is actually a native Asian plant!
  • Rhubarb has a positive, balancing effect on the digestive system.
  • An extract of rhubarb stalk has been used as a dental desensitiser!!!
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