4 Reasons Rhubarb Is Your New Favorite Veggie, or Fruit

Two things come to mind when I think of Rhubarb. First, the old lady who lived down the road from my grandparents. She was disabled, so my grandma and I would swing by occasionally to see if she needed any help around the house. We always left with one of her homemade and most delicious rhubarb pies.

Second, what the heck do I do with this … fruit? vegetable? root? Heck, if I know!

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Rhubarb Nutritional Fact

Let’s start by labeling Rhubarb properly – it is a vegetable. Rhubarb stalks are actually quite sour, but often prepared with sugar, which makes them a tasty filling for pies. If you are surprised to learn Rhubarb is a vegetable, it’s probably because the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA (1)) does in fact classify it as a fruit.

Regardless of the classification, Rhubarb is a good source of Fiber and Antioxidants. According to Organic Facts Rhubarb is also recommended for weight loss due to having only 26 calories per cup of diced stalks, although that’s before you add sugar and cook it up in a pie.

Let’s put this strange veggie-fruit to the test. Here are 4 Rhubarb Recipes we will certainly be trying this month.


Healthy Rhubarb Crumble – Vegan & Gluten Free

Who doesn’t love a good crumble. You get all the taste and satisfaction of a pie without all the calories of the dough. That’s why this crumble recipe from Nourish Your Glow, tops the list!

Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

As someone who travels a ton, I love compact snacks I can throw in my bag before a flight, so muffins are an obvious winner! These muffins from Wallflower Kitchen are also vegan!

Strawberry Rhubarb Vegan Overnight Oats

Oatmeal has been a breakfast staple of mine as far back as I can remember. I love the variety overnight oats brings to my morning oatmeal routine. That’s why this recipe from Food Faith Fitness was an obvious choice.

Rhubarb, Strawberries and Apple Salad

And finally, this healthy salad from Cooking Journey Blog is simple and packed full of nutrients. Doesn’t it look like something that belongs at Mother’s Day brunch?

What’s your favorite way to prepare rhubarb? Tag us in your favorite rhubarb recipes on Instagram @heidialtree with #amarerecipes.

Resources:

  1. USDA Food Comparison Database

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