Itâ€™s March, which means one thing. Rhubarb is now in season!
Rhubarb is a versatile fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes such as crumbles and pies – as well as jams, chutneys and even cocktails.
A native plant of China, the fruit was originally grown for medicinal purposes, primarily to help digestion. Itâ€™s low in cholesterol and is a good source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium â€“ making it the perfect addition to your diet.
Mostly known for its sweeter side (in crumbles and pies) itâ€™s also widely used in savoury cooking. Roasted alongside pork, mixed into a spicy salsa or added into a Goats Cheese salad are just a few other ways it can be used to liven up your cooking.
Here are some of our favourite Rhubarb recipes…
Â Rhubarb & Date ChutneyÂ
This cupboard staple is one that can be used all year round. Enjoy it with cheese and crackers or use it to sweeten up a sandwich â€“ itâ€™s a pot of joy that can add flavour to any dish.
Other ingredients youâ€™ll need are: Fresh ginger, red wine vinegar, eating apples, Â pitted dates, dried cranberries or raisins, mustard seed, curry powder, muscovadoÂ sugar and red onion.
Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail
A creative cocktail that will impress your dinner guests. Tangy but sweet, this fool-proof recipe will make you look like a cocktail pro.
Other ingredients youâ€™ll need are: Caster sugar, vodka, Advocaat and Lemonade.
Easy Peasy Orange & Rhubarb Jam
Easy but tasty, this Orange & Rhubarb jam is the perfect toast-topper. It also freezes well, so you can make a big batch and save some for later!
Other ingredients youâ€™ll need are: Caster sugar, grated orange zest, orange juice and water.
Marinated Pork Fillet Roasted on Rhubarb
A healthy, tea-time treat is Jamie Oliverâ€™s marinated pork fillet and Rhubarb. Itâ€™s simple and doesnâ€™t require much preparation, but the result is heavenly.
Other ingredients youâ€™ll need are: Fresh sage, garlic, olive oil, pork fillets, sea salt, ground black pepper and prosciutto or Parma ham.
Â Spicy Rhubarb SalsaÂ
Whether youâ€™re dipping in Nachos or spooning it onto Fajitas â€“ this Salsa recipe is one to take note of. Â Tangy with a small dose of spice, the sweet rhubarb adds a twist to a traditional side dish.
Other ingredients youâ€™ll need are: Red onion, green, red and yellow peppers, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, plum tomatoes, brown sugar, key lime juice, coarse salt, garlic powder, black pepper.Â
And there you have it! Five fruity recipes to kick off the Rhubarb season. Which one will you be trying first?
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