I first fell in love with rhubarb during a summer break from college. My mom had moved to a farm and I went to help her with her plans to grow and sell vegetables. One of my jobs was to harvest rhubarb and deliver it to the local market. I didn’t so much “harvest” as “attack.” Rhubarb is a beast of a plant—the leaves are enormous, it grows like crazy and you have to reach way into the giant leafy plants and get to the bottom of them, then hack their stalks off with a knife.
Get the recipe: Rhubarb Waffles with Rhubarb Sauce
Eventually I got good at harvesting and even thought it was fun to whack at my food. Along the way I fell in love with the stuff too. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Rhubarb Waffles with Rhubarb Sauce and even Rhubarb-Date Chutney to serve over Cornish game hens are some of my favorite EatingWell recipes for rhubarb. (For more delicious seasonal recipes take a look at our newest book: EatingWell in Season: The Farmers’ Market Cookbook.)
If you decide to pick up some tangy rhubarb (which happens to be low in calories and full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C), check out these helpful tips: