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A Taste of Every Season with Catherine: Rhubarb

Updated: May 22

Spring is in the air and that means summer is right around the corner... 


Rhubarb has a unique flavor that is difficult to describe, but it's often compared to a mix of sweet and sour. One of the best things about rhubarb is its versatility. It can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, and it pairs well with a variety of other flavors. For example, rhubarb is a perfect pairing for sweet fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. It can be used in jams, pies, crumbles, and even ice cream. But rhubarb can also be used in savory dishes. For example, it can be used to add a tart flavor to meat dishes, such as pork or chicken. Rhubarb can also be used in sauces, marinades, and chutneys.


One of my favorite ways to use rhubarb is in scones. The tartness of the rhubarb pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the scone, and the texture of the rhubarb adds a nice crunch. Rhubarb scones are a perfect addition to brunch or just to enjoy. Despite its sweet taste and common use in desserts, it's important to note that rhubarb is a vegetable. It's related to sorrel and buckwheat, and it's often grown in gardens alongside other vegetables. So, the next time you enjoy a rhubarb dessert, remember that you're actually eating a vegetable!


Sprinkle of Nutrition: 

Rhubarb is a nutrient-dense vegetable that is packed with various vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of vitamin K, which plays a critical role in blood clotting and bone health. Additionally, rhubarb is rich in vitamin C, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Rhubarb is also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps to regulate digestion and maintain a healthy gut. It is also rich in antioxidants. Overall, rhubarb is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that offers numerous health benefits. Whether eaten raw, stewed, or baked into a pie, rhubarb is an excellent addition to any lifestyle.



Rhubarb Scone with a Strawberry Rhubarb Lemon Glaze

The perfect balance between sweet and tart! 


When it comes to baked goods, scones are a classic choice that never disappoints. But have you ever tried a scone with rhubarb? If not, you're missing out on a unique and delicious flavor experience. And when topped with a sweet and tangy strawberry rhubarb lemon glaze, it's a match made in heaven.


Ingredients: 

Scones:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt 

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt 

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 1 cup chopped rhubarb (in season from May-July)

Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup icing sugar

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 

  • 1 tablespoons strawberry rhubarb jam (find options online on WFM2Go or find some at the Saturday Market!)


Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

  2. In a medium size bowl add all wet ingredients and mix well (greek yogurt, melted butter, and egg)

  3. In a separate bowl add all dry ingredients to a bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar)

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient bowl. 

  5. Add the chopped rhubarb. 

  6. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray (pam), oil or butter. 

  7. With a large spoon, drop batter on baking sheet. 

  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes. 


*Depending on how wet the fruit you use is, will determine  how long it will take to bake. 


*This recipe is very interchangeable with the fruit that you choose. I've made this recipe with blueberries and cranberries and, of course, rhubarb. This recipe works perfectly with anything, you could try raspberries, oranges, currents - the possibilities are endless!

Catherine is a Nutrition & Dietetics Student at Acadia University! Catherine has been an awesome volunteer at the Wolfville Farmers' Market and is now contributing blogs to WFM2Go so that we can go on her food journeys with her. You can check out her Instagram here and see the recipe here!



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