When most people think of rhubarb, they immediately think of rhubarb pie. But there is much more to this fruit than just a great pie filling! This post from Leanne discusses the poisonous side of this unique fruit and unveils the many health benefits of rhubarb. Be sure to incorporate rhubarb into your recipes this summer!
“Those beautiful rosy pink stalks of rhubarb have shot up out of their usual spot in my garden and I am enjoying this wonderful spring fruit immensely!
Rhubarb is one of the first perennial plants to poke through the earth in the spring and I absolutely adore it. Rhubarb grows in stalks and it looks just like red celery. It has big leaves growing from the tops of its stalks which are to be discarded before eating the rhubarb because they are actually toxic. That’s why you don’t see rhubarb sold with its leaves on.
Today we’re talking about the health benefits of rhubarb and I’m afraid these benefits will not be so great if the only way you eat rhubarb is in your grandma’s rhubarb pie! When you add tons of sugar to any fruit, it really sort of takes away from the healthy attributes of the plant!
The rest of the plant, though, is very good for you.
Lutein. A cup of rhubarb provides you with 207 mcg of lutein, a compound with tremendous health benefits. Lutein is especially good for your skin and eyes, and because your skin and eyes are exposed to environmental toxins almost all of the time, you want to provide them with as many nutrients as possible!”