Is Rhubarb a fruit or vegetable? So, it is scientifically classified as a vegetable (due to the lack of seeds) but it is more commonly used as a fruit. Since we’re on the topic of amazing fruit this week, I thought I would share a great way to enjoy rhubarb which is probably new to many of you.
Rhubarb is one of those produce items that we all tend to eat one way: as dessert. It’s generally poached, stewed, used in a crumble, served with yogurt or vanilla ice cream- which everyone knows- and are all delicious!
While we all love desert, it’s super exciting to try something new and different with rhubarb – something pickled, for example!
Now I hear you say ‘Whaaat?!’ Hear me out.
Pickled rhubarb is slightly sweet, slightly sharp, crunchy and can also be made slightly spicy if you like that. Here is a basic recipe that has been adapted from the Tasting Table. Other additions that you can try include cloves, peppercorns, coriander seeds or allspice.
2 stalks of rhubarb
1 cup red wine or apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds (lightly toasted in a small pan makes them even better!)
2 mint sprigs
2 thyme sprigs
Chop the rhubarb stems into smaller pieces (2 inch pieces) and set aside in a bowl. Bring the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and other ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat and pour over the rhubarb to cover the rhubarb completely.
Let the rhubarb cool completely. Leave overnight at minimum.