I washed it all carefully, sliced it into 1/2 inch or so slices, and it made about a gallon of slices. I put those into a heavy bottomed stainless pot, added 3 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and let it cook over very low heat until it was all tender. Then, I water-bath canned it, processing for 15 minutes. Here is the result!
I really love stewed rhubarb. I eat it like jam or jelly, on buttered toast, pancakes, waffles or yogurt. Yum. Here is a link to the site where I got the following information about rhubarb. It is very good for you!
Health benefits of Rhubarb
Rhubarb is one of the least calorie
100 g fresh petioles
provide just 21 calories. Nonetheless, it holds some vital
phyto-nutrients such as dietary fiber,
anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Further, its petioles contain no
saturated fats or
The stalks are rich in several B-complex
vitamins such as folates, riboflavin, niacin,
thiamin, and pantothenic acid.
Red color stalks carry more vitamin-A than
in the green varieties.
Further, the stalks also contain small amounts of poly-phenolic
flavonoid compounds like β-carotene, zea xanthin, and lutein. These
compounds convert into vitamin A inside the human body and deliver same
protective effects of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful
natural anti-oxidant which is required by the body for maintaining
integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin
for healthy eye-sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich
in vitamin A help the body protects against lung and oral cavity
As in other greens like kale,
rhubarb stalks too provide good amounts of vitamin-K.
100 g of fresh stalks provide 29.3 µg or about 24% of daily recommended
intake of this vitamin. Vitamin K has
a potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone
activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet
help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role
in the treatment of Alzheimer's
Its stalks also contain healthy levels of
minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
However, most of these minerals do not absorb into the body as they
undergo chelate into insoluble complexes by oxalic acid, which then
When I was a little girl, my mother would give me a stalk of rhubarb and a little cup of sugar and I would dip the rhubarb in the sugar and take bites. I know sugar is problematic, and yet... I do make this every year that I can, eat it sparingly and feel happy about all the nutrition in there.
Do you eat rhubarb?