Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time to harvest some rhubarb

We're getting close. Do you remember when I showed you the shoots just coming up a few weeks ago? The recent rain should give this patch a good growth spurt and then I can pull off some of the stems. I may check out the market on Saturday for some strawberries and make a strawberry/rhubarb pie.

The rhubarb's doing well. I still haven't burned the mistletoe.

If I keep the patch watered, it should produce for a while. I may have enough to be able to freeze some, which I've never done.

11 comments:

  1. Walt... don't bother freezing it... preserve it in syrup. If you freeze it it breaks down and just gives a slimy result! You can chop it up small and tray freeze that... and use it frozen as fruit in muffins, etc.

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  2. Mine has already produced a flower, not quite fully bloomed. It happened so fast! What are you supposed to do? Cut the stem before it pops up like that? I do need to collect the stalks and I'll make jam, as I did last year. I don't really like rhubarb jam for bread and jam, but it's great on an apple pie. I just spread it thickly on the layer of apples instead of sprinkling sugar and then cook the pie.

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  3. its going to be a good rhubarb year
    i hate the stuff too!

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  4. My rhubarb is up !! And looking very lush and healthy....yum yum !!
    I cut it into 2" lengths, open freeze it and bag it, which seems to work quite well........lots of rhubarb and apple crumbles for later in the year.

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  5. I had no idea that rhubarb was a spring crop! You tell that I don't cook.

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  6. Spring has come so early here to Northern New England that Fritz's rhubarb is close to half or even two thirds as developed as yours. He makes a great rhubarb and ginger jam, and a spiced rhubarb preserve for poultry and roast meats.

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  7. Je ne suis pas près de récolter ma rhubarbe. Je l'ai plantée l'année dernière et les feuilles font à peine 10 cm de large et se développent au raz du sol.

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  8. Rhubarb makes wonderful icecream!

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    1. OMG, rhubarb icecream - what a lovely idea....I hope you'll be posting that soon !!

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    2. Jean.... it is Rhubarb Crumble Icecream... and OMG is a good description... Icecream for adults!!

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  9. rhubarb used to grow like weeds back in the midwest; it is hard to imagine somebody needing to grow it!

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