Botanically a vegetable, the courts ruled in 1947 that rhubarb was a fruit. Personally I think it is fun to be eating a vegetable for dessert in that rhubarb crumble.
Health benefits of rhubarb include:
- digestive aid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K (great for building bones - but beware Coumadin users)
- High in fiber
- Full of antioxidants - one of which is lycopene
- Magnesium and Potassium
Fruit Soup: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_rhubarb_soup.html
Since most rhubarb recipes involve cooking the rhubarb - frozen rhubarb is a perfect way to preserve a bountiful harvest. Wash, slice and freeze (you can blanch briefly, but I rarely do). Then you can pull it out any time of the year to add some bright flavor to any menu. And truly, eating vegetables for dessert never tasted so good!