Is it a fruit or a vegetable? It’s a fruit in a vegetable package. Highly nutritious, perfect for health conscious cooks and those looking for a natural weight loss boost, it’s also a rich source of calcium and other minerals.
It is amazing to me that there are those that do not know what rhubarb is. It should not be too surprising, however, as rhubarb is one of the most misunderstood vegetables. And yes, it is actually a vegetable, although it is most frequently used as a fruit. Another difficulty with the mass-market appeal is that rhubarb does not travel well. It is best used fresh, either out of your garden or from a farmer’s market. Growing your own rhubarb is possible in a wide range of conditions. If you have cold winters, a sunny spot in the summer, and a good rich soil (either the ground or in a pot) you can grow rhubarb.
I love rhurbarb. I have been growing it for over 25 years, and have discovered a truth- when you have 15 plants, you had better be committed to finding unique ways to eat it. I have over 350 recipes that use rhubarb year around. I invite you to visit rhubarbhub.com to discover the many uses of this delicious food. Just to whet your appetite, note this:
Rhubarb is packed with nutrition. It is rich in dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C and K, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. It is also rich in organic compounds like beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It has no cholesterol, and almost no fat.
What does that mean for your body?
It means that rhubarb is a healthy, low-calorie vegetable that can help you keep your body fit and lean. Rhubarb is often used to treat constipation and to prevent other gastro-intestinal illnesses. One serving of rhubarb provides 45% of the daily need in vitamin K, which supports healthy bone growth and healthy brain function. Vitamin C fights infection and boosts the immune system. One cup of rhubarb also contains more calcium than an equal amount of milk!
Food as Medicine
Not only is rhubarb tasty and nutritious, it has a rich history in folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in the treatment of intestinal problems, virus’s, and an effective poultice for relieving fevers and swelling, It is beneficial for your bones and teeth, for your eyes, and to support a healthy immune system. It is also healthy for your heart and has a beneficial effect on blood pressure when eaten in moderation.