Stewed Rhubarb

by Michelle on May 13, 2011

Rhubarb is such a strange plant and I’ve often wondered if it’s a vegetable or a fruit? Well, I did some research and rhubarb is actually both. It was classified as a vegetable but in 1947 a New York court ruled to classify rhubarb as a fruit for regulation and taxes. Taxes?

I’ve grown rhubarb in several gardens but the last rhubarb plant I bought, I am only allowed ONE rhubarb plant, the stems are green and never turn that beautiful rhubarb red that I was familiar with. And when I stew it, it looks like pea soup and not very appetizing but it sure tastes delicious. My Great Grama used to call rhubarb Pie Plantand sometimes instead of sugar for sweetness, Grama used peaches, strawberries or apple with peaches being my favorite.

When I was young I eat rhubarb raw, taking bite after bite and loving it. But I can not eat rhubarb raw now and believe me I’ve tried but it is gawd awful sour! But one of my favorite snacks was and still is stewed rhubarb and it’s so easy. All you need is rhubarb, sugar or sugar substitute, a little bit of water and a sauce pan and you’re all set.

Since I made Anise Pizzelles this week, I decided to serve the rhubarb with some of the leftover pizzelles. I wasn’t sure how the anise would work with the rhubarb but with my first bite…MAN was it good! And I finished off every single pizzelle and I wished I had a few more.

Stewed Rhubarb

2-4 cups of rhubarb, 1/4″ dice (If you dice up the rhubarb you don’t need to peel it)
1 cup water (you may need to add more water)
Sugar or sugar substitute to taste

1. Dice up the rhubarb
2. In a heavy, bottomed pot, place the diced rhubarb and water.
3. Over low heat, simmer until the rhubarb is completely soft and mushy. Simmer for at least 45 minutes to an hour, stirring frequently to prevent scorching.
4. Add another 1/2 cup of water if the rhubarb starts to scorch.
5. Cool and add sugar to taste. Start with adding about 2 TBL sugar, mix well. Then taste and add additional sugar 1 TBL at a time.

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  • Lori E May 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

    I love stewed rhubarb and pies and crisps…but oh how it makes my teeth feel weird????
    All you non Blogger blogs can publish. Blogger is down and most can’t post yesterday or today.

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