Rhubarb, an essential perennial "fruit" as long as you know what to do with it.

Rhubarb, an essential perennial “fruit” as long as you know what to do with it.

Do you love rhubarb? I do! Maybe because I am from the midwest, and it brings back fond memories of my childhood, when we would dip it in sugar and make funny faces, wincing at the sourness.
I have made several things from rhubarb:
rhubarb crisp
rhubarb chutney
rhubarb pie
rhubarb sauce
rhubarb cake
strawberry rhubarb pie
strawberry rhubarb jam
rhubarbaritas! (a margarita with rhubarb sauce)
rhubarb shrub (a vinegar based drink)

Shades of Forest Gump!

I even have a rhubarb cookbook, printed in Litchvville, North Dakota called,

    Ritzy Rhubarb Secrets Cookbook

The cookbook was given to me by a friend, who we affectionately call, the "Rhubarb Thief". She also loves rhubarb, but doesn't have any in her yard, so she has permission to drop by anytime, day or night, and let herself into the garden and pick all the rhubarb she likes. This really helps the rhubarb from going dormant in the summer!

My new favorite recipe is a rhubarb shrub- it's a vinegar based drink that was popular in colonial times, before refrigerators. Yes, vinegar based! Of the people who have tried it with me, I would say about half of them are enthused and the other half are, like, "no". The benefits of a rhubarb shrub, I don't know, but, personally, I have enjoyed it. I have had bouts of GERD and vinegar really helps to keep it in check and this is an enjoyable, natural, non-medication way to deal with the reflux.

Rhubarb Shrub from HarmoniousHomestead.com
Time: 15 minutes active, 7-14 days aging
Makes approximately 1 cup

1/2 cup fresh rhubarb, washed and chopped into one inch pieces
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar

1. Mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar.
2. Allow to sit at room temperature for 2 days.
3. Move the the fridge and allow to age for an additional 7-14 days until the shrub achieves the taste you want.
4. Strain out and discard the fruit. Keep the shrub in the fridge and enjoy diluted with water, club soda, or in a mixed drink.

Thank you, Harmonious Homestead for the recipe. http://harmonioushomestead.com/2012/05/29/rhubarb-shrub-a-drinking-vinegar-recipe/#comment-6685
My favorite way to drink this is to make a strawberry and rhubarb shrub and then add some carbonated lemon flavored water- (like LaCroix, or Perrier with lemon).
Delish! I have also mixed Lillet- a French wine aperitif with it and it was wonderful.

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