Rhubarb is a fruit I remember picking in my yard, and throughout my neighbourhood growing up. At some point the rhubarb plant in our yard disappeared and rhubarb disappeared from my summer diet. I forgot about it until I was in Germany last June and saw it for sale at a farmer’s market. This year I knew I wanted to buy some local rhubarb and incorporate it into some recipes!
Rhubarb contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium and calcium. However only the stalks are edible as the leaves contain oxalic acid. Most recipes cook the rhubarb due to the natural tartness. Rhubarb season starts in April and can go until August in some parts of BC. I bought this rhubarb locally from SPUD in Vancouver but you can find it at many farmers markets.
Rhubarb, Strawberry & Yogurt Popsicles
The weather has been getting warmer in Vancouver so I figured it was the perfect time to make some homemade popsicles.
I boiled down rhubarb and strawberries with some water and sugar. I allowed it to cool before blending and added some fresh lemon juice. In the popsicle molds I alternated layers with the rhubarb and strawberry mixture with yogurt layers. Super easy and a delicious treat for a hot day! I made 6 popsicles and had leftover rhubarb and strawberry sauce that I added to my yogurt for breakfast the next morning. You can find my recipe below to make these summer treats at home!
More Rhubarb Recipes
Coincidentally some of my favourite local food bloggers who I follow posted recipes recently. I compiled my top 3 local rhubarb recipes I have found for you to try out at home.
Desiree Nielsen, a local Registered Dietitian, posted this Roasted Rhubarb Spice Muffin Recipe and I knew I would be making this one! I made a couple small changes to reflect the ingredients I had at home such as using regular flour instead of almond meal and rice flour. They turned out great and were a nice addition to my breakfast or for a snack!
I made a rhubarb crisp this week and used my standard apple crisp recipe and subbed in the rhubarb and it turned out great! However, I can’t wait to try Foodess’s Ginger Rhubarb Crisp Recipe. She also posted a similar Ginger Rhubarb Cake recipe that looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try out soon. The cake would look (and taste) great at a potluck or dinner party.
Do you plan on picking up rhubarb this season? What are your favourite ways to cook or bake with it?