My only memory of rhubard as a child was with jam, a friend used to make and give to my mom. She had a huge vegetable garden bursting with all kinds of edible treasures. I remember helping her around huge cooking pots with long fibrous stems slow cooking in her kitchen. Carefully removing the foam at the top from time to time. She always mixed them with strawberries from her garden.
Since our rhubarb is ready to be harvested, why not take advantage of what Mother Nature provided and prepare a crisp. This is one of the simplest way to serve Rhubarb. To use less sweetener you can add other fruit like cherries, peaches, pears or a little apple juice. Turns out, rhubard is a vegetable, not a fruit! Come to think of it, rhubarb isn’t very sweet and it does look more like a vegetable so it does make some sense!
Rhubarb is low in calories (just 26 calories in 1 cup, not bad), 95% of it is water. You do want to add some sugar to lower its acidity (3.1 pH), just don’t go crazy with it.
If you are thinking of growing rhubarb, make sure to have space for it, because it is like zucchinis, it needs space around it. Rhubarb needs heavy mulching in the winter to protect the bulb from the cold. Mulch also throughout the year. Remember that leaves are poisonous, so be careful with children.
And now without further ado…
- 5-6 rhubarb stems, trimmed at the end
- 1-2 cups of other chopped sweet fruit (cherries, peaches, apples…)
- Some granola (if you are vegan, make sure it doesn’t contain honey because most do!)
- Little sugar for the top
- Wash, trim and chop the rhubarb. Keep the left over for your compost pile.
- Pour into a large pot.
- Add a cup of apple juice or water.
- Sprinkle a little sugar.
- Mix and cover and cook over low to medium heat (15mn max).
- Mixing every now and then to make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom.
- Remove from heat.
- When you are ready to serve you can do one of several things depending on how much time you have and if you don’t mind a few more calories:
- Quick serve: just pour some granola over the top and serve.
- A little more fancy: Melt a few tablespoons of vegan butter over some granola and spoon over the top. Broil for 2 minutes at 350 to caramelize the top. Yumm!
- Even fancier : broil the top and serve with your favorite vegan icecream!