Celebrate rhubarb season with 23 of the best rhubarb recipes! Post includes a produce guide and recipes for strawberry rhubarb pie, rhubarb crisp, rhubarb coffee cake and more!

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Welcome to another installment of my Produce of the Month Guide!  Spring is here and I couldn’t be more happy about it because my beloved rhubarb is back in season.

I didn’t always love rhubarb.  In fact, I thought I hated because I had a bad experience during my childhood.  I was at a church potluck and I went to the dessert table and spied what I thought was a luscious slice of cherry pie.

I took a big bite expecting the tart-sweet flavors of cherries and experienced something much different.  The pie was actually rhubarb, and it was a very bad rhubarb pie.  The rhubarb wasn’t cooked all the way so it was crunchy and stringy, and it was sour to boot!

I ran to the trash can, spat it out and tossed that pie in the garbage.  I was traumatized and didn’t revisit rhubarb until my husband talked me into it.

I’m so glad that he did!  My husband knew how rhubarb was supposed to be because his grandmother grew it in her garden and made homemade jam and pies throughout his childhood.

I haven’t looked back since my first bite of an amazing strawberry rhubarb pie…I can’t get enough of rhubarb now.

Rhubarb stalks
What is rhubarb?

Rhubarb is a member of the Polygonaceae family that’s harvested in the spring from around April through June. Stalks of rhubarb range in color from bright red to pink to pale green. While stalks of rhubarb look like celery’s red cousin, the two aren’t related at all.

Is rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable?

Rhubarb is technically a vegetable, but is considered a fruit by many because it’s widely used in desserts.

Are rhubarb leaves poisonous?

The stalks are the only edible part in a rhubarb plant, and the leaves and roots are actually toxic as they contain oxalic acid.

Can you eat rhubarb raw?

Rhubarb is extremely tart so it’s rarely eaten raw unless dipped in sugar first. I’ve tasted it raw and don’t mind the tartness, but it’s not for everyone!

Growing rhubarb

I haven’t grown rhubarb in my garden yet because I hear that it takes up a lot of space because it grows wild.  If you’d like more information on growing it yourself check out this article.

Nutrition benefits of rhubarb

Rhubarb is low in calorie and is good source of Vitamin K, fiber, antioxidants and calcium. Studies have shown that rhubarb fiber can lower cholesterol, but research on its health benefits is somewhat limited.

Choosing rhubarb

When choosing rhubarb, look for nice, sturdy stalks that are bright in color and unblemished. If the rhubarb is untrimmed, the leaves are a great indicator for freshness. Leaves should be green and fresh, never wilted.

The stalks should also be heavy and crisp, so avoid rhubarb that’s soft.

How to prepare and cut rhubarb

I like to prep my rhubarb in advance so I can use it in recipes when I’m ready. Simply wash and dry thoroughly, then chop and store in an airtight container.

Rhubarb does not need to be peeled, and despite fibrous strings, it’s not necessary to remove them. Simply wash, trim the ends, and cut into 1/2 – 1″ size pieces depending on the type of recipe.
A bowl of chopped rhubarb sitting on a table

How to store rhubarb

Store rhubarb in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze rhubarb?

Yes, once you’ve prepared the rhubarb as instructed above, it may be frozen for up to one year!

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23 of the best rhubarb recipes!

Not sure what to do with rhubarb? Below are 23 or the best rhubarb recipes to give you inspiration!

Although rhubarb is most often baked into cakes, crisps, and crumbles, it can also be used to make savory dishes like salads. Try a few of the rhubarb recipes listed below to discover just a few of the ways you can prepare this unique vegetable!

Raspberry Rhubarb Bars
Raspberry Rhubarb Bars are a sweet, tangy vegan dessert with no refined sugar and the goodness of rolled oats.  They're like fruit crisp in bar form!
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Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp Bars stacked up
Rhubarb-Raspberry Margaritas
Rhubarb Raspberry Margaritas are a simple cocktail that’s sweet, tart and perfect for any occasion!
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Rhubarb margaritas in glasses garnished with cilantro
Rhubarb Cake
Rhubarb cake is perfect for rhubarb lovers! It's light and fluffy with the heartiness of almond and the flavors of orange, vanilla and tangy rhubarb.  It's an easy yet elegant spring and summer dessert!
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Slice of rhubarb cake on a plate with ice cream
Rhubarb Tart
This stunning Rhubarb Tart includes a flaky crust, almond frangipane filling and beautiful strips of rhubarb. It’s as delicious as it is beautiful!
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Sliced rhubarb tart next to a white plate with forks on it.
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake
Rhubarb Upside Down Cake is soft and fluffy, with beautiful stalks of sweet, tangy rhubarb. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate rhubarb season!
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Rhubarb upside down cake on a white plate with a fork. Two more slices of cake rest on plates behind it, as does a coffee mug.
Rhubarb & Orange Frangipane Galette
Rhubarb Galette is made with flaky puff pastry, orange frangipane filling and gorgeous stalks of rhubarb. It’s an elegant yet easy dessert!
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Rhubarb galette on a sheet pan with fresh stalks of rhubarb.
Rhubarb Shrub
Use this sweet-tart rhubarb shrub to make spring cocktails or homemade sodas.
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Rhubarb shrub in a jar, next to a glass of homemade rhubarb soda.
Roasted Rhubarb Crazy Berry Meringues
Strawberry rhubarb compote tops crisp white meringue. This dessert requires some TLC, but the end result is worth it!
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Three dishes of rhubarb meringues on a floral tablecloth.
Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is a delicious 4-ingredient homemade jam with no canning required and no refined sugar!
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Jar of strawberry rhubarb jam with fruit in background
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp is sweet, tangy and topped with a golden brown oatmeal crumble topping! It's an easy dessert recipe that may be made entirely in advance!
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Strawberry rhubarb crisp in a bowl with ice cream
Strawberry Rhubarb Spinach Salad
This is fun spin on the classic strawberry spinach salad with feta cheese, walnuts, quinoa and tangy rhubarb!
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Strawberry rhubarb salad on a white plate.
Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Enjoy a slice of this rhubarb coffee cake with your morning cup of joe. This recipe can be made with fresh or frozen fruit, so use what you have on hand.
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Strawberry rhubarb coffee cake on a white plate.
Overnight Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal Crisp
Overnight Strawberry Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal Crisp is overnight baked oatmeal with fresh strawberries, rhubarb and a streusel topping!
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Strawberry rhubarb baked oatmeal crisp in baking dish cut into squares
Coconut Raspberry Rhubarb Ice Cream
A creamy coconut berry ice cream that’s sweet and tart thanks to rhubarb!
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A scoop of rhubarb ice cream with fresh raspberries on a dark plate. A spoon rests in the background.
Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler
Strawberry rhubarb cobbler is topped with sweet biscuits and is best served with a scoop of ice cream.
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Strawberry rhubarb cobbler on a polka dot plate.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is tried and true, and is the best strawberry rhubarb pie recipe!  It's got a foolproof flaky pie crust and the perfect sweet, tangy filling.  It's a family favorite!
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slice of strawberry rhubarb pie on a plate with fork alongside
Raspberry Rhubarb Fool
Sweet, tart, and syrupy raspberries and rhubarb swirled with freshly whipped cream. The perfect dessert for Spring.
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A glass of rhubarb fool, topped with fresh raspberries. Two more glass jars of fool rest in the background.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pavlova
Crunchy on the outside, but soft and plush on the inside. You’ll definitely want seconds of this strawberry rhubarb pavlova.
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A strawberry rhubarb pavlova on a white platter.
Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicles
Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicles are sweet, tart and refreshing for those hot summer days!
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Three strawberry rhubarb popsicles on a dark background.
Slow Cooker Mixed Berry Rhubarb Crisp {Recipe Video}
Slow Cooker Mixed Berry Rhubarb Crisp is the best way to enjoy fruit crisp without turning on the oven!  It’s a vegan dessert with no refined sugar or butter, and there’s a recipe video to make preparations even easier!
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slow cooker fruit crisp in white ramekin with berries on top
Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp
This Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp is filled with sweet raspberries, fresh rhubarb, and sprinkled with a brown sugar oat crumble. It’s prepared in just minutes and makes an easy dessert that’s perfect to enjoy all year long!
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A mini raspberry rhubarb crisp in a small cast iron skillet. A wood spoon rests in the skillet.
Rhubarb Galette
Make the most of rhubarb season! 10 Minutes of prep is all you need to make this rustic, delicious Rhubarb Galette!
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Rhubarb galette on a white round plate
Homemade Chia Seed Jam
How to Make Chia Seed Jam with Any Fruit is the ultimate guide to making homemade chia jam with any type of fresh or frozen fruit in minutes!
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Chia seed jam in jar on plate with berries around

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