Spring season (April & May) // Rhubarb (Rabarber)

Spring season (April & May) // Rhubarb (Rabarber)

📷 by @rongtulyarts // Grandma Sita is in love with Rhubarb (Rabarber in Danish) which is renowned for its sour taste and thick, pink/red/greenish stalks 😍  The consistency is simmilar to celery stalks, but is it a fruit or a veggie?? Let’s get to know this seasonal food from Denmark!


Rhubarb is a vegetable derived from cultivated plants in the genus Rheum in the family Polygonaceae. // Source: Wikipedia


  • NUTRITION

Rhubarb has a low calorie content. However, it is a very good source of vitamin K1 and like other fruits and vegetables, it’s also high in fiber, providing similar amounts as oranges, apples, or celery.


  • CULTIVATION

Rhubarb requires cold winters to grow. As a result, it’s mainly found in mountainous and temperate regions around the world, especially in Northeast Asia. It’s also a common garden plant in North America and Northern Europe, like Denmark.

  • LOCAL PRODUCERS 💚

From April onwards one can find fresh, Danish grown rhubarb in most farmers- and supermarkets 🙂 

 


  • USES

Due to its sour taste, it’s rarely eaten raw. Instead, it’s normally cooked — either sweetened with sugar or used as an ingredient.

It wasn’t until the 18th century, when sugar became cheap and readily available, that rhubarb became a popular food. Before that, it was mainly used medicinally. In fact, its dried roots have been utilized in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

Only the stalks are eaten, commonly it is stewed with sugar for jams or used in pies and desserts, but it can also be put into savoury dishes or pickled. Rhubarb can also be dehydrated and infused with fruit juice.

The most popular accompanying spice to use is ginger, although cinnamon and nutmeg are also popular additions. // Source: Wikipedia & Healthline


  • TRADITIONAL RECIPES:

👉🏼Rhubarb recipes by Frøken Jensen! 


  • FUN FACT

There is a Danish song about Rhubarb and a Ladybird called Mariehønen Evigglad 

Mariehønen Evigglad
gik tur pĂĽ et rabarberblad
og mødte Søren Snegl, der lü
og sov med sneglehuset pĂĽ.

Da blev det regn og tordenvejr,
og Evigglad fik vĂĽde tĂŚ’r,
sĂĽ derfor slog hun bankeslag
pĂĽ sneglehusets lille tag.

Og sneglen rübte højt: Kom ind
i lĂŚ for torden, regn og vind,
her er lidt snĂŚvert, som du ser,
men der er lunt og tørvejr her.

SĂĽ sad de begge to og lo
i Sørens lille sneglebo,
og hvis jeg ikke tager fejl,
blev Evigglad til Madam Snegl.

Og unger fik de mange a’
det kan man se en forĂĽrsda’
de flyver højt mod himlen blü
med sneglehus og prikker pĂĽ.

Forfatter: Halfdan Rasmussen – Komponist: Henning Hansen.


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