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Rhubarb

These sweet-tart stalks are good for so much more than just pies
1 Food 5 Ways: Rhubarb

Mention rhubarb to food lovers and a faraway look comes into their eyes. “I remember when I was a kid just pulling up a stalk and eating it raw,” reminisces Darlene Johnson, founder of the Rhubarb Festival in Aledo, Ill. “Now people tell me, ‘All I want is a piece of old-fashioned rhubarb pie’—they’ll stand in line in the rain just to get one!”

Rhubarb’s unforgettable taste goes well with newfangled recipes too. “At the festival, we’ve had salsa, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, wine, and even caramels,” says Johnson. These recipes offer a few modern twists to try with this old favorite.

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Amaretti Frozen Yogurt with Warm Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb

Amaretti Frozen Yogurt with Warm Vanilla-Roasted Rhubarb

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The components for this easy, elegant dessert can be made ahead of time and assembled just before serving. The roasted rhubarb will keep up to 1 week in the fridge.

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Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb

Indian-Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb

Rhubarb’s fruity flavor complements the Indian spices, sweet raisins, and velvety spinach in this dish. For a more complete dinner, serve over a cooked whole grain, such as quinoa or brown rice.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart with Apricot Cream

Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart with Apricot Cream

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You can prepare the crust and rhubarb filling a day before you plan to serve this tart. Simply wrap the baked crust in foil, and place the rhubarb filling in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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Rhubarb-Ginger Shrub

Rhubarb-Ginger Shrub

Shrubs are drinks that date back to Colonial days when they were made with sweetened vinegar fruit syrups blended with rum or brandy. Nowadays, a shrub typically consists of the syrup stirred into a glass of flat or sparkling ice water.

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Rhubarb-Pineapple Relish

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The long maceration time of this tangy-sweet relish softens both the flavor and the texture of raw rhubarb. Serve with cheese quesadillas or a stew, such as Spring Vegetable Stew with Soft Polenta from vegetariantimes.com.

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