What is rhubarb?
Rhubarb is a leafy plant that resembles celery but has a ruby red to pink color. It has a sour taste that pairs well with sweeter options like strawberries and apples, making it a perfect choice for baking into pies or stewing to use in pastries.
Only the stalk of rhubarb should be used for cooking. The leaves contain oxalic acid and are not safe to eat.
Is rhubarb a fruit or vegetable?
It's a vegetable, but for cooking, it's used as a fruit! This is because of how well it pairs with sweeter flavors. It's best used in dessert recipes.
What does rhubarb taste like?
When is rhubarb season?
Hothouse rhubarb, or rhubarb grown in a temperature-controlled environment, is available for most of the year. Field-grown rhubarb is generally available from April through June.
How to Shop for Rhubarb
Look for stems that are firm rather than flexible, and brightly colored. This will be the freshest rhubarb. Depending on how you cook with rhubarb, we recommend picking medium-thin stems that are pinker in color.
How to Cook with Rhubarb
We have plenty of easy rhubarb recipes to choose from. Try one of our favorites below and fall in love with this tasty, tart vegetable!