Rhubarbade and Strawberry-Rhubarbade

Rhubarbade and Strawberry-Rhubarbade - A Sweet-Tart Springtime Treat That You Can Sweeten with Sugar or Stevia.  Substitute fresh or frozen cherries or raspberries for a taste twist.

Do you have an abundance of fresh rhubarb, or maybe some leftover rhubarb in the freezer?  Here’s a quick and easy way to use some up and get in some of those rhubarb health benefits.  Yes – rhubarb is good for you!  Read on.  :-)

This recipe is adapted from the book From Asparagus to Zucchini:  A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.  It’s one of my “go to” recipe books when fresh produce is in abundance, along with The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook and Too Many TomatoesFrom Asparagus to Zucchini also gives storage and cooking tips, as well as background information on the produce.  It was created by the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition.

Rhubarbade Recipe

Ingredients

  • Rhubarb, fresh or frozen
  • Sugar or liquid stevia
  • water

Directions

Puree rhubarb in food processor, blender or electric juicer.  (I used my Vitamix.) Strain through cheesecloth-lined strainer or fine mesh strainer, pressing solids. I used my nylon kefir grain strainer.  A jelly bag would work well, too.

Let stand several minutes, then skim froth from surface, if desired.   Note:  When I used frozen rhubarb, I didn’t get any froth.  It’s up to you how much you strain.  This year we used our juicer and fresh rhubarb, and it was frothy, but we don’t really care, so no skimming here.

For every two cups rhubarb liquid add 3/4-1 cup sugar or 3/4 to 1 teaspoon liquid stevia extract and 6 cups water.  You may also use lemon flavored stevia extract.  Serve chilled.  For every two cups rhubarb liquid, yield is 2 quarts.  I’m sure honey would work well, too.  I’d recommend 2/3 – 3/4 cup per two cups rhubarb liquid.

The boys said they would drink it, even though they don’t normally like rhubarb.  Husband said he thought it was good and tasted like apples.  I think it’s pretty tasty, and it’s a great way to use up freezer rhubarb, which tends to be a little stringy in recipes.

Rhubarbade - An Easy Drink That You Can Sweeten with Sugar or Stevia

Strawberry-Rhubarbade

Plain rhubarbade tends to be a little pale (see photo above), I thought I’d add a little color with some strawberries we had in the freezer. Yummy! We juiced around a cup of thawed strawberries and then continued with rhubarb to get two cups of juice total, and it was delicious!  We’ve also used tart cherries and are planning to try raspberries.  The little punch of extra color and flavor really takes this drink to the next level.  Somehow the strawberry-rhubarb combo tastes more like fresh strawberries than the strawberries do on their own.  It’s great!

Why eat Rhubarb?

Rhubarb has vitamin C, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid (source), and small amounts of poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like ß-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein.  It may help prevent cancer, improve circulation, build bones and act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.  (Read the details here.)

Note:  My eldest will actually eat rhubarb stalks straight (he likes the tartness), so he uses a stalk to stir his drink.  :-)

Rhubarbade and Strawberry-Rhubarbade - A Sweet-Tart Springtime Treat That You Can Sweeten with Sugar or Stevia.  Substitute fresh or frozen cherries or raspberries for a taste twist.

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Comments

  1. SallyAnn says

    Thanks so much for sharing a rhubarb recipe. I have 4 patches of rhubarb and have never thought of making a drink with it.
    Do you cook it before you puree it? I wonder how it would taste with honey as the sweetener?
    Thanks again,
    SallyAnn

  2. sharri says

    I need help! I am renting a house with lots of room for gardening and a garden bed already put in.the previous tenants have already cleared it out , and suggest I grow ground cover to til under in the spring,
    when is rhubarb planted, in what conditions when does it come up, I have a shed near the garden I could put some in there , where do I get plants or seeds?

    • says

      I’d probably either put in a ground cover crop (like oats or buckwheat) or apply a mulch (like straw) to protect the soil until spring. You can buy rhubarb plants from online nurseries (and sometimes from local nurseries or garden centers). They should be planted in spring in rich soil that has been cleared of competing growth (including roots). Mulch will help keep the soil clear for your rhubarb.

      You can read more about growing rhubarb in the post Growing Asparagus and Rhubarb.

  3. Glenda Berman; says

    I make a rhubarb puree by cooking the rhubarb with a little water and sugar (to taste) pureeing it and when it is cold I fold in whipped cream. We call this rhubarb fool and it is delicious – the tart taste of the rhubarb with the whipped cream is wonderful.

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