My Favorite Rhubarb Recipes for Spring

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2017
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Last week, Nora came barreling inside yelling for me to “come quick”. I figured something horrible happened and raced to the back door… only to find her proudly carrying an arm full of rhubarb she had just picked “all by herself” from our garden 🙂

NOTE: yes, I know rhubarb leaves are poisonous — so does Nora.

She was so excited and instantly wanted to bake something with our fresh-from-the-garden produce.

I know rhubarb isn’t usually the most exciting or sought after fruit around — but in our garden, rhubarb is by far the very first thing to pop up… and OH how exciting that is after a long cold Michigan winter of no flowers, no fruits, no veggies, and not even much sun.

So yes, I share Nora’s excitement in the first harvest for the year!

If you share mine and Nora’s enthusiasm for rhubarb, you’ll most likely love these 3 simple and delicious rhubarb-filled recipes.

Add them to your menu this spring! 

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Rhubarb muffins are super simple to make and a great way to use up extra rhubarb.

I especially love the yummy cinnamon sugar topping that makes them just slightly crispy!

They are perfect for a snack, or as part of your breakfast… and of course, they freeze well too.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is another one of our favorites.

Of course, we love plain strawberry pie too — but adding the rhubarb gives it a little tartness that is so refreshing this time of year.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is my most favorite type of jam.

The recipe I use (at the very end of that post) is the same one my mom used, and it was published in a tiny little cookbook that we no longer have. I simply have a photocopy from my mom.

I’m sure there are many different recipes around, but the combination of 1 quart strawberries and 1.5 cups rhubarb seems to be a fabulous combination for my taste buds!

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We have 2 rhubarb plants in our garden — which essentially means an endless supply of rhubarb for our family all spring and summer long (it’s honestly amazing how much fruit one plant produces).

I’m sure we’ll tire of it once other fruits and veggies start to grow, but right now, we will enjoy cooking and baking with our one and only “crop”!

What are your favorite rhubarb recipes?

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10 comments

  1. Mary Catherine Martinez

    05/01/2017

    Rhubarb crumble, for sure!

    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/420616/rhubarb-crumble

    British, but easily converts to yumminess in the US, too 😀

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  2. Christine from The (mostly) Simple Life

    04/26/2017

    Yum! I want to try that pie!

    I had a friend whose mom always made strawberry-rhubarb jello for church events and it was AMAZING. I think she kept the recipe a secret though, so I have no idea how to make it. I’m thinking it would be wonderful in pie form though 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    it’s a REALLY good pie!!

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  3. Michelle

    04/26/2017

    A breath of fresh air, thank you!

    Cling to what is good -Rom12:9

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  4. Nancy

    04/26/2017

    I have vivid childhood memories of my grandpa sneaking spoonfuls of my grandma’s strawberry-rhubarb jam, and my grandma pretending to scold him. He always said he ate it because he needed some “pep” which, now that I think about it, kind of sounds like old-timey substance abuse. LOL. Thanks for the smile today.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — yes, we love strawberry rhubarb jam (and I’m on my last jar right now). Perfect timing with strawberry season right around the corner too!

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  5. Brenda

    04/26/2017

    How is Rhubarb to grow? It seems pretty easy to grow. Does it take over or stay a nice manageable size?. I would only need 1 plant for my needs, but I don’t want it to end up being huge in a couple years!! Thanks for your help

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    Andrea Reply:

    it’s very easy to grow (at least in MI) We actually transplanted ours from a friend and have had a fantastic crop every year.

    The plants do get quite large (like 3 feet across if you don’t harvest the rhubarb) but you can easily just cut them back if they get too big. And you chop them completely down in the fall. In my experience, they don’t really get bigger each year, it’s more they get bigger as the summer goes on, but then start out tiny again the next spring. Either way, one plant would be plenty for anyone with “normal” rhubarb needs 🙂

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  6. Ann

    04/26/2017

    I’ve already had to snap off 6 flowers from my rhubarb plants. Crazy!

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    Andrea Reply:

    what! I don’t think my plants have ever gotten flowers on them. I didn’t even realize rhubarb plants flowered. You must have special plants!

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