Rhubarb – It is Oh So Good!

by zesty on June 23, 2009 · 21 comments

Do you like Rhubarb?  Ever try Rhubarb?  I myself, love rhubarb.  Whether it is just cooked on the stove, gently sugared, chilled and served on fresh biscuits or in a pie/dessert – I cannot get enough.

rhubarb

I thought that this was a fun topic to share with you as I know a lot of people tend not to eat this delicious food.  So I gathered some information both from my head, from family and internet sources to share with you today.

Background

Even though rhubarb is considered a vegetable, it is most often treated as a fruit.  Rhubarb provides a good source of vitamin C, fiber, and calcium. It is usually eaten cooked, and just like fresh cranberries, rhubarb is almost unbearably tart on its own.  It  needs the added sweetness of sugar, honey, or fruit juice to balance out the acidity. Since rhubarb is primarily used for pie, it is also referred to by it’s nickname the “pie plant”.

Benefits

  1. Can lower cholesterol – With its sweet taste, rhubarb surely is easy to get down. Along with the bonus of tasting good, rhubarb lowers cholesterol. Because of the vitamins and nutrients, this helps reduce the risk of harmful diseases. Rhubarb is a sure thing to take if you are suffering from high cholesterol.
  2. Rhubarb stimulates the metabolic rate – This makes it a great for people who want to loose unwanted pounds. The dietary properties are promoted with the usage of fiber and potassium. With the potassium it is said to speed up your metabolism to help you lose weight.
  3. Low in carbohydrates – Everyone is trying to find the latest health benefit for fruits and vegetables. The best health benefit of rhubarb is that it is low in carbohydrates. When you have something that is low in carbohydrates, you can still feel ok when you over consume on occasion.

So there you have my take on Rhubarb.  If you have not yet tried it – you should.  I think you will love it.  If you have any Rhubarb questions by all means let me know and I will try to answer them.  I have grown up with Rhubarb and always look forward to it each year.

Have a great Wednesday and I will talk to you tomorrow.

Take care

zesty

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