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WA Grown Food Kit For Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a relative of buckwheat and has an earthy, sour flavor. Rhubarb thrives in cold climates and originated in Western China, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia and neighboring areas. Botanically speaking, rhubarb is considered a vegetable, but it's most often treated as a fruit — though it's rarely eaten raw. Just like fresh cranberries, rhubarb is almost unbearably tart on its own and needs the sweetness of sugar, honey, or fruit juice added to it to balance out the acidity. Rhubarb has a nickname "pie plant" because of the primary use for this vegetable.

Rhubarb is one of the earliest spring crops in Washington, and makes a great addition to applesauce or strawberry sauce.


Washington Harvest Rhubarb Poster [FREE download]

WA Harvest Rhubarb PosterClick to view the full-size PDF. The poster is designed to be printed at either 11" x 17" or 2' x 3'.

Highlight Washington-grown rhubarb served in your program with this beautiful poster! The poster provides nutrition facts under "THRIVE", agriculture information under "GROW", and tips for preparation, cooking, and fun facts, etc. under "TASTE". 

Special thanks to Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Agriculture for sharing their poster files, from which many of the food facts were adapted, and to Orcas Island School District Food Services for helping us update and add new facts for Washington State.

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Nutrition Facts

Rhubarb also contains potassium and is low in sodium.