What Does It Taste Like? Raw rhubarb has a very tart taste that most people find unpleasant. For this reason, it's almost always cooked with sugar to counteract the sour flavor.
Though stalks of rhubarb – the edible part of the plant – resemble celery, the two are not related. Celery is part of the parsnip family and rhubarb belongs to the buckwheat family. The plant has made its family proud.
Tart, zingy and sharp, at the same time refreshing, sweet, fruity and green.
Nutrition. Rhubarb is rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins (which give it its red color) and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidants have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, which help protect you from many health-related issues such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Although it can be eaten raw, rhubarb tends to be too tart this way, and it's usually best when cooked with plenty of sugar. It goes well with both ginger and strawberries.
Both rhubarb's fiber content and natural laxative properties encourage regularity. Each stalk of rhubarb (1.8 ounces or 51 grams) includes 1 gram of fiber, which is mostly bulk-promoting insoluble fiber ( 24 ). Rhubarb also contains a compound called sennoside A, which has a laxative effect in the body.
Rhubarb stalks are a good source of fiber, which may affect your cholesterol. In one controlled study, men with high levels ate 27 grams of rhubarb-stalk fiber every day for a month. Their total cholesterol dropped by 8% and their LDL (bad) cholesterol by 9% ( 5 ).
Side effects might include stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramps. Rhubarb leaves are possibly unsafe. Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, which can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, and death. When applied to the skin: Rhubarb is possibly safe.
Rhubarb has long been used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and anticancer medicine in China.
When you're looking at the stalks, the color doesn't indicate readiness, so don't worry if your rhubarb stalks are not completely red. Instead, look at the length. The stalks are ready to harvest when they're between 7 and 15 inches long.
Overview. Rhubarb is a plant. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. Rhubarb is used primarily for digestive complaints including constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach pain, gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, and preparation for certain GI diagnostic procedures.
Through previous researches, it has been identified that Rhubarb possessed a good hepatoprotective effect, which primarily protected liver from oxidation, fibrosis and cirrhosis, liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma and various types of hepatitis.
Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances, including oxalic acid, a nephrotoxin. The long term consumption of oxalic acid leads to kidney stone formation in humans.
Rhubarb has antibacterial and antifungal properties that may help prevent infections. If applied topically, rhubarb prevents staph infection.