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
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.
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 🙂
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.
- TRADITIONAL RECIPES:
- FUN FACT
There is a Danish song about Rhubarb and a Ladybird called Mariehønen Evigglad
gik tur på et rabarberblad
og mødte Søren Snegl, der lå
og sov med sneglehuset på.
Da blev det regn og tordenvejr,
og Evigglad fik våde tæ’r,
så derfor slog hun bankeslag
på sneglehusets lille tag.
Og sneglen råbte højt: Kom ind
i læ for torden, regn og vind,
her er lidt snævert, som du ser,
men der er lunt og tørvejr her.
Så 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 forårsda’
de flyver højt mod himlen blå
med sneglehus og prikker på.
Forfatter: Halfdan Rasmussen – Komponist: Henning Hansen.