What To Do With Home Grown Rhubarb

Rhubarb Plant

Rhubarb is one of the first crops ready to harvest from your garden in the spring. Often, even a single mature plant can give an abundant harvest. It can be difficult to decide what to do with all the fresh rhubarb from your garden. Here are some ideas for what to do with home grown rhubarb:

Roast RhubarbRoast Rhubarb, and Serve With Sweet or Savoury Accompaniments

One of the easiest and best ways to cook rhubarb is to roast it in your oven. For a delicious mix of sweet and tart, roast rhubarb with a drizzle of honey until it is slightly browned on the edges and can be squashed between two fingers. Roast rhubarb can be an accompaniment to meat, nut roasts or other savoury dishes, or can be enjoyed as a pudding with yoghurt or ice cream.

Rhubarb CrumbleMake A Rhubarb Crumble or Rhubarb Pie

There are a wide range of traditional crumble and pie recipes that are perfect for using up rhubarb in the spring or early summer. To mix things up a little, consider making a crumble topping with oats and seeds, or create add a little ginger to your rhubarb pie.

Rhubarb cheesecakeMake a Rhubarb Cheesecake

The soft creaminess of a simple refrigerator cheesecake (not baked) is another simple way to set off the tart sweetness of rhubarb. Make a digestive biscuit base and top with cream cheese sweetened with honey, then top with a rhubarb puree with more honey to make a delicious, decadent yet super easy dessert.

Make Rhubarb Jam

If you have a lot of rhubarb to use up, you may like to preserve some of that rhubarb for later use. Making jam is one good way to do so. With plenty of rhubarb and plenty of sugar, rhubarb jam can be a sweet treat to enjoy all year round. Add ginger and cinnamon if you fancy spicing things up a bit.

Rhubarb chutneyMake Rhubarb Chutney

Rhubarb can also be used to make a range of savoury preserves. For example, you could make a rhubarb chutney to serve as a spicy condiment alongside curries that use up a lot of other home-grown ingredients.