Got Rhubarb? Simple solutions for an abundance of this perennial.
Do you have a rhubarb plant in your garden or know someone who does? This perennial plant is a giver. It is not fussy, requiring very little attention, to the point that sometimes we forget about it.... Until the Spring, when it turns into something from the Jurassic Era and takes over that forgotten-about corner in your yard.
The abundance that one plant provides is staggering and you may find yourself pawning off stems to neighbors, family, friends, priests, and passersby. Sharing is good... But remember to keep some for yourself using the strategies listed below.
Desserts, jams, and syrups with plenty of added sugar are the most common ways to use the naturally tangy-tart stalks. On it's own, rhubarb has an astringent quality that can leave the mouth feeling dry and the sour-tanginess is pucker-worthy. These attributes are why it is such a great foil to sweet desserts and other sweetened marinades and sauces, such as BBQ.
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