Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rhubarb Pie

My honey D loves rhubarb pie... He really loved his mama's rhubarb pie but she isn't with us anymore and really didn't use a specific recipe, just a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. <G>   I've been trying to recreate it and I'm getting close, I think..  Aren't I?

I have one really nice rhubarb plant along one side of my house.  I should plant another one or two, or actually I should probably divide this one.
 

Wiki How says you can harvest rhubarb from late spring until late summer.  I've also read to remove the seed heads before they bloom to make your plants more hearty..I decided to follow that tradition this year.

I harvested a very nice bunch of rhubarb stalks once and I am planning on at least one more harvest, maybe two if my plant continues to grow so well..  I dont want to weaken it but I honestly dont know when enough is enough at this point.  This plant is at least 5 or 6 years old so I would imagine it can handle 3 cuttings. If not, I'll pamper it a little more next year. ;-) 

A great place to learn more about rhubarb is http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/growing.   I read there that 50% of the red varieties will produce green rhubarb types which mine seems to be. It has the faint red coloring but is actually more green as you can see.  It all tastes the same, and you just add a drop or two of red food coloring to your sugar so your pie has a beautiful red color. 



After I admired the beautiful stalks for a while, I got busy in the kitchen..






Pretty darn pretty, huh.  I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top..  Wish I had a pic of that too.  Next time, since thats the way D loves to eat it.  Either way.. Yummm....  :D

Do you like rhubarb & have you grown it? 

4 comments:

  1. I've made what my late Aunt Carrie used to call Blueberries and Rhubarb...it's a jam or preserve that is wonderful on bread (not that I've had any in years). Chopped rhubarb, blueberry pie filling, strawberry Jello...not much more than that to it.

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    1. That sounds really good.. I'd love to try it one of these days.

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  2. Kim I have never even had it. I don't know if it is just not local but I didn't grow up on it and am very unfamiliar with it. That is why I love my foodies, I learn everything I need to know from those who have and they tell me all the best ways to do everything.

    Happy to have found your little blog. I just don't know how I am going to keep up with everybody every day. It seems everyone has there own little blog. I have one but do not pay near enough attention to keeping it up to date. Hopefully you and Jamie starting up will encourage me to be more attentive to mine. Mine isn't not mostly about food so hopefully it is a diversion for everyone else--when I get a new one posted.

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    1. Well Im just like you.. I had one lurking around but I havent kept it up to date.. Im hoping with the CSA Share bent, I'll start posting more.. Glad you stopped by! Let me know when you get yours going! I'd love to read it!

      I wasnt raised on rhubarb either and never knew anyone who was until I moved up North.
      However, after moving here, I've heard of people all over the place raising it.. Its a sourish stem part of a large weed-like plant. It flourishes in my yard which is great cuz M'honey loves it!!

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