Rhubarb, the fruity sour plant that resembles a reddish-pink celery stalk, is best known as the sidekick to strawberries in springtime pies, but this bright vegetable is increasingly being found in beverages and savory dishes as well, adding a tart pop and a little fruitiness to cocktails and stews. The stalks, which are the part of the plant that is eaten, are a traditional ingredient in many jams, compotes and other preserves, and it’s also great sautéed or roasted with garlic.
Rhubarb is normally harvested between April and June in North America — and into July in the Pacific Northwest — and therefore is particularly abundant on spring menus.
Market research firm Datassential reports that mentions of rhubarb have increased on U.S. menus by 23% over the past four years.
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