Rhubarb is one of the most unique vegetables as people often pick and use it in the same manner they would a fruit. For example, most people don’t bake carrot pie, but it is common to see strawberry rhubarb pie, jams, jellies, and other goodies. This herbaceous perennial is a favorite among individuals in temperate zones because of its high growth rate and ability to be harvested at almost any time of the year.
In general, humans should only eat the fleshy stalks and need to avoid the leafy greens. Rhubarb is notorious for containing oxalic acid, which can wreak havoc on the kidneys. Someone who eats 4-8 kg. of leaves could even kill themselves by accident.
There are certain points in the growth cycle when rhubarb is ripe for the plucking. It can be sweet, sour, or bitter depending on what you intend to use it for. If you want to keep the plant healthy, there are certain times when it should be plucked.
The easiest way to harvest rhubarb is to simply pull the stalks away from the rest of the plant. When ripe, they should come away easily and will be ready to prepare. If the stalks are the right size butare not coming loose, then you can cut them free near the bottom of the plant using a pair of garden shears or scissors.
Rhubarb is a versatile vegetable that can be tangy, sweet, and delectable. When picking rhubarb, it's important to harvest during the spring and fall. Remember to only take big, healthy stalks, and dispose of the leaves in the garbage.