Deutsch: Rhabarber / Español: Ruibarbo / Português: Ruibarbo / Français: Rhubarbe / Italiano: Rabarbaro

Rhubarb is a vegetable known for its long, tart stalks, which are commonly used in culinary applications similar to fruit. Despite its sour taste, rhubarb is often sweetened and cooked as a component in desserts, particularly pies and crumbles.

Description

Rhubarb stalks are typically a deep red, though they can also be pink or green. Only the stalks are edible, as the leaves contain oxalic acid, which is toxic. Rhubarb's tart flavor is balanced in cooking with sugar, and it pairs well with strawberries and other sweet fruits. It's celebrated for its bright, tangy profile, which provides a refreshing contrast in sweet dishes.

Application Areas

Rhubarb is primarily used in the culinary world for its distinctive flavor and texture in various dishes:

  • Desserts: Most notably in pies, where it is often combined with strawberries to make the classic strawberry-rhubarb pie.
  • Compotes and Jams: Cooked down with sugar to make a tangy-sweet spread.
  • Sauces: Often paired with sugar and other fruits to create sauces for desserts or even savory dishes.

Well-Known Examples

The most iconic rhubarb preparation is the strawberry-rhubarb pie, a popular dessert in many regions, especially during the spring and early summer when rhubarb is in season. Rhubarb crumbles and crisps are also popular, where the chopped rhubarb is topped with a buttery oat mixture and baked.

Recipes

Simple Rhubarb Crisp Recipe: Ingredients:

  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 175°C (approximately 350°F).
  2. Prepare Rhubarb: Toss rhubarb with half the sugar and arrange in a baking dish.
  3. Make Topping: In a bowl, mix the remaining sugar, flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly.
  4. Assemble and Bake: Sprinkle the oat mixture over the rhubarb. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the rhubarb is tender and bubbling.
  5. Serve: Serve warm, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Summary

Rhubarb is a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes, valued for its uniquely tart flavor that enhances a variety of recipes. It is especially prominent in desserts where its acidity can be balanced with sweetness for a delightful taste experience.

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