Celebrate rhubarb season with 23 of the best rhubarb recipes! You’ll find recipes for strawberry rhubarb pie, rhubarb crisp and rhubarb coffee cake, and the post also includes how to prep and store it, nutrition information 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 hated it most of my childhood because of a bad experience at a church potluck.

I selected what what I thought was a slice of cherry pie from the dessert table, and I took a big bite. Instead of the tart-sweet flavor of cherries, I experienced something much different. 

The pie was actually rhubarb, and it was crunchy and stringy because it wasn’t cooked all the way. It was also quite sour, so I ran to the trash can, spat it out and tossed that pie in the garbage. 

I was traumatized and didn’t revisit it 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, and I can’t get enough of it now.

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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.
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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!

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!

Try a few of the recipes listed below to discover just a few of the ways you can prepare this unique vegetable!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

This Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe is tried and true, with a sweet, tangy filling and an all butter homemade pie crust. Recipe includes make ahead tips and it's perfect for holidays and special occasions!
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Rhubarb margaritas in glasses garnished with cilantro

Rhubarb-Raspberry Margaritas

Rhubarb Raspberry Margaritas are a simple cocktail that’s sweet, tart and perfect for any occasion!
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Raspberry Rhubarb Bars

Raspberry Rhubarb Bars are a sweet, tangy vegan dessert with no refined sugar and the goodness of rolled oats.  They're fruit crumble in bar form!
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Sliced rhubarb tart next to a white plate with forks on it.

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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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 galette on a sheet pan with fresh stalks of rhubarb.

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 shrub in a jar, next to a glass of homemade rhubarb soda.

Rhubarb Shrub

Use this sweet-tart rhubarb shrub to make spring cocktails or homemade sodas.
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Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb cake is perfect for rhubarb lovers! It's moist and fluffy with tender chunks of rhubarb and the flavors of orange and vanilla.  It's an easy spring dessert that takes 15 minutes of prep!
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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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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 salad on a white plate.

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 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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A scoop of rhubarb ice cream with fresh raspberries on a dark plate. A spoon rests in the background.

Coconut Raspberry Rhubarb Ice Cream

A creamy coconut berry ice cream that’s sweet and tart thanks to rhubarb!
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Strawberry rhubarb cobbler on a polka dot plate.

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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A glass of rhubarb fool, topped with fresh raspberries. Two more glass jars of fool rest in the background.

Raspberry Rhubarb Fool

Sweet, tart, and syrupy raspberries and rhubarb swirled with freshly whipped cream. The perfect dessert for Spring.
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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam in a jar with spoon buried inside

Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Jam is homemade jam without the hassle! It includes just 4 ingredients, there's no canning or pectin required, and it's ready in about 30 minutes!
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A strawberry rhubarb pavlova on a white platter.

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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Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicles

Strawberry Rhubarb Popsicles are sweet, tart and refreshing for those hot summer days!
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Rhubarb Cobbler With Mint | The Modern Proper

Rhubarb Cobbler With Mint | The Modern Proper

Our rhubarb cobbler with mint is one of the easiest desserts you can pull together—perfect for those first-of-the-season backyard barbecues and early summer shindigs.
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A mini raspberry rhubarb crisp in a small cast iron skillet. A wood spoon rests in the skillet.

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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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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Easy Chia Jam

This Easy Chia Jam is homemade jam without the hassle! There's no refined sugar, it can be made with your favorite fresh or frozen fruit, and it's ready in about 10 minutes!
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