what shall I do with the three rather large sticks of rhubarb my fil has given me?

(41 Posts)
lucysmam Fri 12-Jul-13 13:06:30

Please bear in mind that there is only me who will eat it in the house so any suggestions must be freezeable...

tyvm in advance smile

EeyoreIsh Sun 14-Jul-13 12:30:03

mmmmm rhubarb. I love rhubarb. I'd compote it and eat cold on its own.

Thanks for the advice about not harvesting in the first year. I'm going to grow some on our new allotment and hadn't realised this.

Wuldric Sun 14-Jul-13 12:23:02

I learned the hard way sad Harvested sparingly the first year. The plants never saw a second year. I'm starting again though because I love a bit of rhubarb!

XBenedict Sun 14-Jul-13 12:13:29

Oh no, didn't know about the first year advice. Might harvest a little more sparingly from now although we have loads!!

Laquila Sun 14-Jul-13 12:09:10

I made a delicious rhubarb and custard cake a couple of weeks ago - it was from the BBC recipes site.

Or, you could cook it down to a compote with sugar and maybe a bit of orange juice, ginger and/or cinnamon, and then strain off the syrup to make an amazing sugar syrup for cocktails. Delicious in a mojito!

XBenedict Sun 14-Jul-13 12:06:48

Made a rather nice rhubarb cocktail last night, would highly recommend making a rhubarb syrup which can then be added to a little fizz (alcoholic or non) to make a very nice refreshing summery drink. smile

mrsdinklage Sun 14-Jul-13 12:05:11

Rhubarb vodka smile and I think I'll go and get a plant too

OhTiger Sun 14-Jul-13 11:51:30

thanks for that Wuldric smile I'll resist.

Wuldric Sun 14-Jul-13 01:43:16

The first year thing is right - honestly, tempting though it is, do not harvest rhubarb in the first year. Here's a useful link.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 14-Jul-13 01:21:16

Was about to post about rhubarb and vanilla or rhubarb and ginger jams but been beaten to it. Good recipes are out there on t'internet and supereasy to make.

If plant is strong and healthy just harvest sparingly in first year. Next year onwards you'll get more.

And be prepared: it literally disappears in the autumn and early winter. I had no idea and thought my plants had died, but no! Up they popped again in Jan/Feb.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 14-Jul-13 00:39:48

OOh, rhubarb and vanilla jam?

K8Middleton Sat 13-Jul-13 23:56:40

Eat it raw with sugar. Yummy.

Otherwise, macerated and stirred into a fool or Eton Mess, or put in clafoutis instead of cherries.

Or cut it into chunks, halve and cook in a pan with butter and sugar to make caramel and put in an almond flan instead of pears. There's a good pear flan in the recipes section you could adapt.

It's also really good in place of pineapple in an upside-down cake. And, if you can get hold of some, a very small dash of rosewater with the rhubarb when cooking it really brings out the flavours nicely.

mawbroon Sat 13-Jul-13 23:25:55

Rhubarb fool is my fave. My parents get about 60lbs off their plants each year, so quite a lot comes my way!!

We have a cherry vodka (from teeny bird cherries) about to happen. Happy days!

ComtessedeFrouFrou Sat 13-Jul-13 22:24:07

Rhubarb schnapps!

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 22:21:38

Excellent! The plant is massive! Thank you!

Hassled Sat 13-Jul-13 19:02:44

If you have a compost bin, the leaves are brilliant compost - they seem to have some secret magic properties which make everything around it rot down really well.

I think the first year thing might be rubbish - I'm sure I harvested my rhubarb the first year it grew.

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:58:43

Have just text my dad to ask him about garden centre....he said no to this weekend for that but he has a plant in the garden, said yes you can cut it in first year, will just be a bit weak. But don't eat the leaves!

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 18:49:34

If I manage to convince my dad to take me I will find out....'tis unlikely though...he avoids spending much time with me confused

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:41

oops

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:27

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

OhTiger Sat 13-Jul-13 17:07:15

could you ask them about the first year thing for me? smile

lucysmam Sat 13-Jul-13 16:16:27

Wonder if my dad might take me for a wander to a garden centre over the next few days....if they're not fussed where they go then I doubt a plant would mind being in my dodgy garden confused

MarjorieAntrobus Fri 12-Jul-13 22:32:35

I think it's really easy to grow. We have some, planted years ago and not by us, that just keeps on going and it is squeezed between the bonfire and the compost heap so not in the most salubrious place. I don't do anything to it, but every year I get a few crumbles worth of rhubarb from it.

No idea about the first year thing though.

OhTiger Fri 12-Jul-13 22:23:12

It's super easy to grow! Planted a root thing from the garden centre a few months ago and it's massive. But a random passing gardener said I shouldn't cut it this year, it's first, or it will die. Is that true? Because I have a massive amount of tempting rhubarb that I can't use and it's really not fair!

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