Pacific Northwest Premium Rhubarb

The quality of our Pacific Northwest premium rhubarb meets and exceeds the USDA standard for rhubarb. Each individual case is always excellent quality.

 

Flavor profile and description

Rhubarb is classified and used as a fruit, although it is botanically a vegetable. Hothouse rhubarb has a much milder flavor than field grown rhubarb, although both types are extremely tart. The smooth stalks of rhubarb must be sweetened for many people to eat this tasty fruit.

It is crucial to note that the roots and leaves are potentially poisonous and should not be eaten.

Preparation

Rhubarb can be eaten raw, but is most commonly used in sauces and pies.

For a sweet treat, cut off the ends of the rhubarb and slice the colorful stalks down the center into 1-inch pieces. From here, combine with other fruit such as apples or strawberries for a delicious pie, or cook the rhubarb down into a jam.

If you’d rather eat the rhubarb as is, simply add salt, vinegar and lettuce for a scrumptious side salad.

Selection and storage

Dragonberry's premium rhubarb is on an annual program that begins with hothouse rhubarb in January and continues through March. We offer field grown organic and conventional rhubarb from April through October.

Rhubarb can last in your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

The story

Dating back to 2700 B.C., rhubarb originated in China and was initially used for medicinal purposes. It was traded to Europe, then came to America via seed or root stock in 1970. By 1822, it could be found in produce markets throughout the United States.

Although botanically a vegetable, rhubarb was classified as a fruit in 1947. Referred to by many as the “pie plant,” rhubarb can be found in many different desserts, though most commonly in apple pie.

Nutritional benefits

The primary nutrients in rhubarb are calcium and potassium. Hothouse and fresh grown rhubarb are available from the Pacific Northwest. One cup of unsweetened raw diced rhubarb has about 20 calories.

Packaging options

Hothouse rhubarb:
15 lb. box Extra Fancy Grade
15 lb. box Fancy Grade
Field grown rhubarb:
20 lb. box Field Grade
 

Product availability

Our premium hothouse rhubarb is available beginning in January and continues through March. We offer field grown organic and conventional rhubarb from April through October.

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