Rhubarb The Free Food In Your Yard
Do you have a patch of Rhubarb growing in your yard? Do you use it? You should you know. After all it is growing free in your yard, so eat it!
You can use this very healthy vegetable in all kinds of recipes. Although Rhubarb is often a misunderstood and under used vegetable, it is a good source of Vitamin A, C, and even potassium.
The best part of this vegetable is that being a perennial plant, it keeps growing year after year. Some of the best patches of Rhubarb seem to be the ones that haven’t had a lot of tending to either.
Although if you are concerned about how best to nourish and encourage your Rhubarb to grow, check out Pinterest for many tips and ideas. The Farmer’s Almanac also has some excellent advice on caring for your Rhubarb plants.
Include Rhubarb In Your Meats
When you have a free source of food available to you, make sure you are using it. Especially if you and your family are dealing with any Food Security Issues. There are many ways to use Rhubarb. Rhubarb is not just for pie or an applesauce type dessert anymore.
Being a vegetable, even though it is treated more as a fruit, start thinking of ways to use it like a vegetable.
For instance, try it in a BBQ Sauce such as the Rhubarb Low Sugar BBQ Sauce. Then, as a BBQ Sauce, use it all summer long on your burgers, steaks, pork chops, chicken, and even fish dishes.
In the winter, use it in your Crock Pot to tenderize tougher, economical cuts of meat such as beef and pork roasts. Try seasoning your next meatloaf with it, inside or on top.
Has your imagination been sparked yet?
Make Some Chutneys Or Relish
Rhubarb is a great ingredient to add to some spicy chunky salsa type dipping sauces, or even making a relish. The Rhubarb will add some unique texture to these type of dishes. As Chutneys are usually made up a couple of cups at a time, there is no need for extensive preserving. Make up a small batch, store in the refrigerator and it will be gone in a couple of days. Eat them like you would any relish or chunky sauce.
Great to serve these jammy like condiments along with your favorite cuts of meat. Why stop at using applesauce with pork chops when you can use some Rhubarb Chutney instead. Or add a new topping to your sausage on a bun, hamburgers or even hot dogs.
Remember, this is “free” food in your yard, so think of several ways to use it. Not only to add nutritional value to your meals, but a different taste and texture as well.
And Don’t Forget Your Sweet Tooth
Rhubarb has been treated for over a hundred years as an ingredient to add to pies. But why just stop at pies. You can make:
- pound cake
- rhubarb sauce
- and even cinnamon rolls
Remember To Use The Rhubarb
Use that free food source in your yard. And if you don’t have any, ask your neighbor who never uses their”s if you can have a bag of stalks. Or, if they truly never use it, then perhaps they would let you replant it into your own yard. Never hurts to ask.
Or you may have to actually go to a garden center to purchase a Rhubarb plant. Either way, once you have moved the Rhubarb plant—do not harvest it the first year. Give the plant plenty of time to get good roots set down into the ground.
Once you have allowed it to root itself well, you will receive the blessing of Rhubarb coming back year after year.
As a result, you will be EMPOWERED today towards a HOPE and a FUTURE, and start adding this rhubarb the free food in your yard to your family meals this year. And keep adding it for years to come.