Friday, May 20, 2016

First Rhubarb Crisp of the Year!

When we bought our house almost ten years ago (has it been that long?!), I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was plant a garden.  Growing up, my mom always had a huge garden, and I wanted my kids to have similar memories, as well as understand where our food comes from.

That first summer, we had a jungle of potted plants, and it was awesome.

The next summer, we expanded our garden into the actual ground.  And I soon realized that I wanted to add rhubarb to our garden.


Rhubarb is a perennial.  What that means is that it keeps coming up year after year.  Anytime I can plant something once and have it continue to come back and give delicious fruit – that is a plus in my gardening book!

We had some friends separating out her rhubarb plants, and she graciously gave us three plants to put in our garden.  They didn’t produce much that first year, but all the years since it has given us tons of rhubarb!

Rhubarb is actually a vegetable, but is typically treated as a fruit.  The stalks are red and green, and tart as anything, but they make some amazing desserts and baked goods.  My brother and I used to cut the stalks and dip them in sugar to eat raw, which my kids also love to do.

Rhubarb is also the first edible thing that grows in my garden – besides the dandelions.

This week I decided I wanted to cut some rhubarb and make something.  I had intended to make a rhubarb custard pie which is my favorite, but I didn’t have the energy to make a pie crust, so instead I made rhubarb crisp. 


It was absolutely delicious!  I may have made extra crisp to go on the top, but that is totally OK, right?!

I was a little overzealous in the rhubarb cutting, and have about 6 cups of extra cut up rhubarb, so today I will be getting to that pie, and most likely making a rhubarb coffee cake as well.

Once the initial desire of sweet and tart rhubarb treats is over, I will start canning the rhubarb.  It is super easy, chop, add some sugar, put in a boiling water bath canner, and save for the middle of winter when you want a taste of spring! 

As long as I stay ahead of the seed stalks (cutting those as soon as I see them), the rhubarb will continue to produce delicious, tart stalks right through July.


Have you ever had rhubarb before?  Do you grow it in your garden?

22 comments:

  1. My grandmother grew rhubarb and loved it. She canned it, too, and made jelly. You are bringing back old but fond memories!

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  2. YUM!!I haven't had a good Rhubarb dessert since grandma passed.

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  3. My husband loves rhubarb. Confession... I've never had it. I'll be on the look out for some.
    xo
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  4. I don't think I have ever used rhubarb in any of my dishes! I can't believe that! I will definitely start using it from not on. Might even try growing it :)

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  5. I remember my grandmother making so many desserts during rhubarb season! We ate it fresh standing in the garden and then enjoyed cobbler and pie for desserts!

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  6. That looks really yummy! I've never tried rhubarb!

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  7. I'm totally going to have to try to can some. I have two huge bushes that came with the rental and most years I rarely harvest enough! I do make a blueberry/rhubarb crisp anytime I host a big gathering however and I totally double up that topping also :)

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  8. Oh how I love rhubarb crisp! I am so spoiled by a neighbor who makes too much every year and brings some over for us to enjoy. ;)

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  9. This looks beyond delicious. I LOVE rhubarb and it takes me back to when my Grandmother lived next to a farm. There was so much! Also makes me think of when you made that delicious rhubarb pie - SO good!

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  10. I don't think I have ever had rhubarb pie. This looks delicious.

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  11. I had a LOT of these at my old house. I actually had no idea what they were until I called someone to mow my lawn and was told that's what they were. Wish I had known so I could have made something like this.

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  12. I don't think that I have ever tasted anything that contained rhubarb but I think I would love to try this recipe. I love to try new dishes and sample new flavors.

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  13. I love rhubarb! My mother in law makes an amazing english strawberry rhubarb crumble with custard and it is my favorite thing in the entire world! This seems delish!

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  14. I love strawberry rhubarb jam that one of our local markets sell. This sounds like a yummy dessert!

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  15. I wish I had a green thumb! I am hate that I cant garden like my mom!

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  16. I've never cooked with or eaten a rhubarb. I love all kinds of "crisps" though so I would probably try this.

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  17. I only like rhubarb in deserts and rhubarb crisp with a dollop of cream is delicious! I like the sound of a coffee cake version too.

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  18. That looks so yummy. I wonder how a rhubarb tastes like. I'm not sure if I can find rhubarbs here.

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  19. I actually just had rhubarb for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it! I am going to have to try this!

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  20. I've never had rhubarb in my life!! You made it look appealing!

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  21. I must admit that I haven't tried it in awhile and when I did though, I didn't care for it. I am all about re-trying things every few years so I guess it's time again ;)

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  22. I don't think I've ever eaten rhubarb! What an interesting fruit/vegetable. Congrats on the success with your garden.

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