In 2016 we added rhubarb to our list of fruits available for purchase. Rhubarb is a great addition to your spring diet and tends to be ready for harvest from late April through mid June.
Interesting Facts about Rhubarb:
- Rhubarb got its start in Siberia of all places… no wonder it doesn’t mind cold Minnesota winters!
- Rhubarb is high in fiber. It is well known to cure stomachaches and relieve constipation.
- Due to the high levels of oxalic acid, rhubarb leaves are poisonous! Remember only the red stalks are edible!
- Every serving of rhubarb provides 45% of the daily value of Vitamin K, which supports healthy bone growth. It contains vitamin C, along with vitamin A, healthy additions of folate, riboflavin, niacin, B-vitamins, and pantothenic acid. It is full of good nutrients to keep us healthy.
- While many believe milk is the best calcium source, one cup of cooked rhubarb contains just as much calcium as milk. Along with salmon and spinach, rhubarb is on the short list for the highest amounts of calcium it provides.