Rhubarb Isn't Just for Pies...

Listen up guys. Contrary to what you might think, rhubarb is not just for making strawberry pies and crumbles. There are so many different ways to use this spring vegetable, I urge you broaden your horizons and try something new. rhubarb compote

 

As an interesting breakfast treat, top your everyday plain yogurt with this Rhubarb Compote. Finish it off with chopped pistachios or ground flax seeds for a hearty breakfast. Or try it as a sandwich with almond butter for a twist on traditional peanut butter and jelly.

 

 

 

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Did you know that rhubarb is also a healing food? Uses of this root date to ancient China, where rhubarb was used for medicinal purposes. Rhubarb can sooth heartburn, lower cholesterol, and aid in digestion. Additionally, rhubarb is a great source of dietary fiber.  Containing calcium, lutein, vitamin K, and antioxidants, rhubarb is a fantastic choice for spring eating.

 

 

Chickpeas, rhubarb, indian food, spinach

When cooked in savory dishes, rhubarb is almost like celery. It cooks down nicely and it's tart flavor combines well with heavily spiced dishes. This Indian Spiced Chickpeas with Rhubarb and Spinach dish is healthy, innovative, and full of flavor.

 

 

 

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This Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria recipe calls for the classic combination of rhubarb and strawberry. Both rhubarb and strawberries are at their peak in the same season, which is why they are so often paired together.

 

 

 

 

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What CAN'T you top your pizza dough with? From sweet, to spicy, to savory, you can use just about any vegetable to compliment your flavor combinations. Rhubarb and Chipotle Goat Cheese Pizza is definitely a keeper-recipe. Spicy chipotle, creamy goat cheese, and tart rhubarb make an interesting trio of flavors that you must try.

 

 

 

 

tapioca, rose-infused tapioca, poached rhubarb

Well, we just had to put in one dessert, of course. Rose-Infused Tapioca Pudding with Poached Rhubarb is a wonderful vegan dessert that everyone will enjoy. The poached rhubarb is a modern twist to classic tapioca pudding.

 

 

 

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Ingredient Focus: Rhubarb

Rhubarb is one of the official markers that spring has fully arrived. A jewel-toned pink and light green, the slender stalks make for great jams, pies, baked goods, and as we recently found out cocktails, too!

This end-of spring root traditionally pairs well with strawberries, otherwise many find its taste too tart. Yet, rhubarb can even make a savory appearance when paired with other ingredients like ginger and cheese.

Uses of this root date to ancient China, where rhubarb was used for medicinal purposes. Even today, this rhizome is known for its numerous benefits. Rhubarb is a great source of dietary fiber and is known for soothing heartburn, lowering cholesterol, and calming hot flashes. Containing calcium, lutein, vitamin K, and antioxidants, rhubarb is a fantastic choice for spring eating.

While rhubarb is great for sweet treats like Marcus’ Apple Rhubarb Cake, why not try it savory recipes like these Indian Spiced Chickpeas.

Click here to watch Marcus prepare his mother’s Apple Rhubarb Cake.

What’s your favorite way to eat rhubarb?

Photos: Lindsay Hunt

Five Healing Foods From Traditional Chinese Medicine

There are a variety of comfort foods for when you're feeling sick: chicken soup, ginger ale and maybe even your Grandma's homemade macaroni and cheese. But did you know that there are certain ingredients that are prone to make you feel better? Traditional Chinese medicine is based on just that. Take note of these herbs and ingredients as you might want to have some on hand next time you're feeling under the weather:

* Ginger root: Used in China for over 2,000 years, ginger is a perfect ingredient to aid digestion and calm an upset stomach. Ginger is used in Chinese medicine in teas, grated and sprinkled in foods as well as candied for a tasty treat. Try a Ginger Tea or Honey Ginger Sparkler with your next meal!

* Rhubarb: A large root that is similar to celery but much more tart, rhubarb is not only delicious when baked into pies but also holds medicinal qualities. Mainly used as a dietary aid to help digestion, use of rhubarb dates back to ancient China. Rhubarb is just coming into season! Pick up a vibrant bunch this weekend at your local market.

* Lingzhi mushroom: This fungus has been used in Chinese medicine for ages as is seen as the ultimate herbal substance as it has minimal side-effects. Lingzhi mushrooms aren't great to eat; the taste is very bitter and is usually prepared as a hot water extract. If you can stomach the taste, it has been known to lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Otherwise, buy a lingzhi mushroom tea.

* Kudzu: Use of this perennial vine has only recently begun in the US, but it's healing powers have long been used in ancient Chinese medicine. Kudzu soothes the digestive tract, relaxes muscles, and boosts immunity. For culinary use, it's available in powdered form. Try it in a Creamy Rosewater Guava Pudding recipe.

* Seahorse fish: Typically found in it's whole form and dried, seahorse fish is a fundamental remedy for kidney ailments, respiratory problems and joint pain. If you feel too skittish to eat one whole or in a soup, grinding it up with other herbs can help restore vivacity to facial skin as well as a detox or cleanser.

Photo: Lindsay Hunt

Ingredient Focus: Rhubarb

Rhubarb is one of the official markers that spring has fully arrived. A jewel-toned pink and ligh green, the slender stalks make for great jams, pies, and baked goods.

Rhubarb even made an appearance at the dinner for President Barack Obama at the end of March. This end-of spring root traditionally pairs well with strawberries, otherwise many find it's taste too tart.

Uses of this root date to ancient China, where rhubarb was used for medicinal purposes. Even today, this rhizome is great for desserts, but also for its myriad benefits. Rhubarb is a great source of dietary fiber. Additionally, rhubarb reputedly can sooth heartburn, lower cholesterol, and calm hot flashes. Containing calcium, lutein, vitamin K, and antioxidants, rhubarb is a fantastic choice for spring eating.

What's your favorite way to eat rhubarb?