5 Ways to Use Rhubarb in the Kitchen

The name might be a little intimidating, but cooking with this plant isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s in season throughout February, so grab some the next time you take a trip to your grocery and try using it in the recipes we’ve provided you with!

Before, you pick your rhubarb, know that it comes in two varieties: “hothouse or forced,” and “cultivated.” Hothouse rhubarb is usually available in late February to early March, but the cultivated kind starts showing up in late April to early May. You can tell the difference between the two as the hothouse variety has a darker red color than the cultivated kind. Both taste great in recipes but are much too tart to eat raw or alone.

Breakfast - Begin your day with this colorful vegetable, and add it to a sweet grain.

Rhubarb Muffins – The unique flavor of rhubarb gives these muffins fantastic flavor and the sugary topping really makes them special.

Sticky Rhubarb Buns
– These homemade buns are sweet and delicious and smell fabulous coming out of the oven. Perfect for breakfast or anytime.

Dessert – Using rhubarb in a dessert is the most obvious choice, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less awesome!

Rhubarb Crunch – An easy dessert that’s not too sweet. The tart flavor of the rhubarb is topped with an oat-based batter for a cobbler-like dessert. A scoop of ice cream really sweetens the deal!

Rhubarb Pie – If you like rhubarb, you will enjoy this pie.

Snack – Spread some jam or marmalade on a toasty piece of bread for a sweet, satisfying snack.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam
– This rhubarb and strawberry jam is very easy and tastes delicious.

Rhubarb Marmalade – This delicious spread is excellent on toast, bagels or anything else you can think of.

Dinner – The most creative way to use rhubarb is for your main meal. But you’ll be surprised to see how well the taste fits with meat!

Rhubarb BB Cued Beef Ribs
– Taste these ribs with the flavors of honey – rose wine and Chili sauce.

Rhubarb Pork Chop Casserole – Try this simple and unconventional use of rhubarb and you’ll be hooked.

Beverage - These drinks all have the unforgettable purple/pink color of rhubarb.

Rhubarb Wine - This wine cooks first in a crockpot for 5 days, then ages for 6-12 months. Worth the wait, but plan ahead!

Rhubarb Punch – This punch creates a truly unique taste that you’ll love.

What’s your favorite way to use rhubarb in the kitchen?

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