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PostHeaderIcon Pucker Up! It’s Rhubarb Season!

Rhubarb plants are ready for their first cutting.  Rhubarb harvest time can be celebrated not only in your typical pairing with strawberries and fruit delights but this wonderful vegetable can be used in your main dishes!  There’s no law dictating that you have to use rhubarb in desserts — it is a vegetable, after all, and a versatile one at that.

Rhubarb looks like thick pink celery and, as with celery, you should look for stalks that are taut and crisp. But the two vegetables are actually unrelated, which becomes apparent when you cook them. Unlike celery, which requires quite a bit of cooking to lose its crunch, rhubarb virtually melts away when you apply heat.  Its tendency to turn to silky mush makes rhubarb a great base for sauces and condiments, whether simple jams, tangy chutneys, or elegant sauces to accompany meat or fish.

Rhubarb requires only a little preparation before you cook with it. First, cut off the roots and leaves if they’re still attached. Then use a paring knife to remove the strings: Make a shallow cut into the end of the stalk to lift up the ends of the strings, then, holding the edges of the strings against the blade with your thumb, pull up with the knife to remove the strings from the entire length of the stalk. After that, all you have to do is roughly chop, and you’re ready to go.

Because rhubarb is so tart, all rhubarb sauces — even savory ones — require a little sweetener. When you’re making jam you’ll need a fair amount of sugar to balance out the sourness of the rhubarb.  You want to capitalize on both of their flavors.
Rhubarb chutney gets a little more interesting-this one has ginger, onion, mustard seeds, dried chile, and curry powder, in addition to a small amount of sugar to keep things from getting too mouth puckering. It’s perfect alongside roast pork or grilled chicken-or served on crackers with a mild, creamy cheese. And if you’re really ready to look at rhubarb as more than pie filler, try it stewed with a drizzle of honey and spooned over broiled thin fish fillets.

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