For centuries Rhubarb was only used for medicinal purposes. It was used mainly to treat constipation and inflammation. The unlikely stalk has been deemed edible. The question remains: Is Rhubarb a fruit or a vegetable? Well, for purposes of regulation in the United States since it is mostly used as a fruit, it is counted as such. Still most people assume it is a vegetable. The debate continues.
Rhubarb is used mainly in desserts but sometimes in savory food as well. Only the stems are used in cooking as the leaves are toxic. Some folks are think that the whole thing should be deemed toxic. If it’s hidden well enough, I’ll eat rhubarb. It has to be hidden though. If I start tasting that stringy stuff, forget it – that’s a deal-breaker. I’ll scoop it into a nearby houseplant when you’re not looking if it’s stringy. Ugh!
I wanted to find out who first thought of adding Rhubarb to strawberries for this pie. There are some questions that it seems the world-wide web cannot even answer. Oh well – whoever thought of doing that – it really did catch on, didn’t it??? A lot of people really like Strawberry Rhubarb pie!
Today is STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY!!! Be sure to celebrate this day but use a certain degree of caution with portion size! The average Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has at least 1 1/2 cups of sugar!!! Fortunately, I was able to find a recipe for SUGAR-FREE Strawberry Rhubarb Walnut Crisps – so let’s take a look!
I’m not one to bake very much, but I think that’s a recipe that even I could tackle! I’m so glad there are diabetic-friendly dessert recipes available, aren’t you? Because as we all know, DESSERTS spelled backwards is STRESSED. Some of us deal with our STRESS by eating DESSERT – jus’ sayin’… 😉