Love Rhubarb! Recipes and Reasons

Do you think that rhubarb is only meant for pies? Or maybe stewed for real rhubarb enthusiasts? Think again! Rhubarb stalks are a great ingredient in everything from cakes and desserts, and jams or pickles to sauces, as well as an accompaniment to meat entrées.

This prolific perennial vegetable (more like a fruit given the tart sweet flavor) is much more than just a pie plant. It also offers some significant health benefits:

  • The red stalks are high in Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant essential for healthy skin, eyes, and mucus membranes.
  • Rhubarb is rich in several B-complex vitamins essential to maintaining mood. Incorporating adequate B Vitamins in your diet is believed to help with stress or anxiety, lift the symptoms of depression, boost memory and energy, reduce the risk of heart disease, and even relieve pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms.
  • There are still more vitamins packed into rhubarb! The stalks are chock full of Vitamin K (just 100 grams giving you nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake). It is necessary for good bone and brain health. It is also considered important, for example, in the diet of someone with a neural condition such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A good source of dietary fiber, rhubarb is filling but not high in calories.

When you visit our farm market–northern MI’s favorite for generations–our friendly staff is always happy to share ideas for incorporating our produce and foods into your menus. Here are some meat entrée recipes that intrigue us – particularly the Pork with Rhubarb Sauce.

How about a sunny jam to get you through those cold Michigan winters? We recommend one from our northern neighbors at Canadian Living magazine. Their test kitchen ensures that every recipe works like a charm, and the reviews for Pineapple Rhubarb Jamare quite good.

Another mouthwatering rhubarb recipe we suggest (and the title says it all, really) is Nikki’s Best Rhubarb Dessert Ever. A kind of crumble-square, this rhubarb confection holds together so you don’t need a plate (great for summer get-togethers and potlucks), and it is as delicious hot as it is cold.

Ready to come and get some healthy and delicious rhubarb at our farm market in northern MI?Farmer White’s is open daily for the summer conveniently located in Williamsburg, just two miles south of downtown Elk Rapids

Farmer White's

11373 South US Highway 31
Williamsburg, MI   49690

Phone: (231) 632-1500(231) 632-1500