11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (2024)

Spring is an exciting time. Not only do we get to bid the bleak winter skies adieu as we welcome some much-needed sunshine, but we also get to say hello to some of our fave produce. Healthy stalks of asparagus will make an appearance at our local farmers' markets, and we'll be spoiled with peas aplenty. But there's one ingredient that's easy to miss — rhubarb. Keep your eyes peeled for the red stalks, because you're going to want to make one (or ALL) of these 11 divine sweets.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Friands

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (1) Tart rhubarb and sweet vanilla get along swimmingly in these pretty little cakes. They are as delicious as they are adorable, and they only take an hour to make. (via Eat Little Bird)

Strawberry and Rhubarb Macarons

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (2) It’s easy to fall in love with *every* flavor of macaron out there, but this one has definitely moved to the top of our “must-have” list. (via Food Nouveau)

Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Popsicles

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (4) Even if spring is still a little chilly, you won’t be able to resist these bad boys. Life is too short to say no to popsicles, so throw on a hoodie and enjoy. (via Life Made Sweeter)


11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (5) This elegant, showstopping dessert is no easy feat, but if you’re up for the challenge, it’s totally worth it. Especially if you incorporate the sweet and sour flavors of Chantilly cream and rhubarb. (via Patisserie Makes Perfect)

Rhubarb and Pear Crumble

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (6) Move over, apples; there’s a new crumble in town. The snappy flavor of rhubarb matches brilliantly with the deep flavors of pear in this crispy and crunchy godsend. (via Grits and Chopsticks)

Strawberry Rhubarb Breakfast Oat Bars

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (7) Homemade bars are a perfect grab ‘n’ gobreakfast, and when they’re *this* good, they’re practically dessert. (via The Healthful Ideas)

Honey Rhubarb Galette

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (8) Though it looks intricate, this impressive chevron galette is super easy to assemble. (via Two of a Kind Cooks)

Pistachio Pavlova With Rhubarb Curd

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (9) Anytime pistachio makes an appearance in a dessert, we get excited. But our excitement is brought to a whole new level with this swoon-worthy pavlova smothered in rhubarb-y goodness. (via A Side of Sweet)

Rhubarb and Custard Tarts With Crushed Hazelnuts

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (10) Friends, it does not get anymore spring-y than this pretty little tart. Shortcrust casings are filled with a rich and velvety custard, and topped with juicy rhubarb. (via The Kiwi Cook)

Rustic Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Almond Galettes

11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (11) Rhubarb goes great with a lot of things, but there is no denying the special relationship between rhubarb and strawberries. This rustic galette showcases that perfectly, and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream is certainly welcome. (via The Hungry Cook)

Which tasty treat can you not get enough of? Let us know @BritandCo!

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11 Rhubarb Recipes to Make This Spring (2024)


What can I do with all my rhubarb? ›

Rhubarb is a truly special ingredient. With its vivid pink colour and distinctively tangy taste, it can be stewed, poached, roasted and puréed in a range of dishes as well as drinks. Use it in a comforting crumble, a classic syllabub, a fruity chutney or a zingy kebab sauce – the possibilities are endless.

What's the best way to prepare rhubarb? ›

Stew or poach (8-10 mins) or roast (15 mins for forced, 20 for maincrop) rhubarb. Use it to make crumbles, pies or jam. Roast and purée to make rhubarb fool. Rhubarb can also be added to savoury dishes, as its tartness can stand up to fatty meats like pork and duck well.

How do you make rhubarb taste better? ›

Sweeten It: Rhubarb's natural tartness can be balanced with sugar or other sweeteners. You can make rhubarb compote, pie, or jam by simmering chopped rhubarb with sugar until it becomes tender and sweet. Adjust the amount of sugar to your taste.

Why shouldn't you pick rhubarb after July? ›

Rhubarb is good to eat in spring or early summer months, so before late July, to be exact. However, during the late summer months, rhubarb stalks tend to become more fibrous and start to lose their characteristic natural flavor. So, it's better not to eat rhubarb in the late summer.

Can you freeze whole stalks of rhubarb? ›

If you have a go-to recipe you'd like to make later, slice the rhubarb according to the directions. If not, slice it about 1-inch-thick for easy storage and flexibility in what you're cooking later. We don't recommend freezing full stalks, as they won't hold their shape well when they thaw.

Why do my teeth feel funny after eating rhubarb? ›

Eating foods rich in oxalic acid can leave a sticky coating on your teeth which can make them feel fuzzy or furry. Foods with high oxalic acid content include leafy greens such as kale or spinach, as well as beetroot, sweet potato and rhubarb.

Can you eat the red skin on rhubarb? ›

You don't need to peel peak-season rhubarb, but by midsummer, the stalks tend to be tough and fibrous. You might need to peel them to make them tastier.

Why do you pull rhubarb instead of cutting? ›

To pick rhubarb, hold the stalk firmly, pull and twist. Do not use a knife to cut the stalks from the plant. The knife can carry diseases from plant to plant, and the remaining stalk can be a point of entry for other pests.

Is stewed rhubarb a laxative? ›

The fiber in rhubarb helps keep things moving through your digestive tract, preventing problems such as constipation. It also contains compounds called sennosides, which act as natural laxatives. The tannins in rhubarb also provide anti-diarrheal effects.

What is the best sweetener for rhubarb? ›

To keep it sugar free you could use a little stevia, for a low fructose option you could use either rice syrup or coconut nectar, or if you're a honey fan, a little raw honey would combine beautifully with the ginger and vanilla.

Is rhubarb full of sugar? ›

The perennial plant is a member of the Polygonaceae family and is widely grown outside and in hot greenhouses (hothouses). Rhubarb can be a healthy addition to your diet because it is naturally low in sugar and high in fiber. Many recipes that include rhubarb are desserts and can sometimes be high in sugar.

Why is my rhubarb so sour? ›

Rhubarb is exceptionally sour, making it hard to eat raw or without sugar. The sour taste is mainly due to malic acid and oxalic acid — though forced rhubarb is much less sour than other varieties.

Can you freeze rhubarb from the garden? ›

You can freeze rhubarb raw, blanched or fully cooked. Regardless of which stage you choose to freeze at, the rhubarb will break down more as it defrosts, so it's best used in dishes where you don't need neat sticks of it.

How do you preserve rhubarb? ›

Wash, trim and cut into 1-inch pieces. Pack dry into freezer containers or bags. Rhubarb can also be cooked into sauce, cooled and frozen. To dry: Wash, trim and slice into 1-inch slices.

Should you pull all your rhubarb? ›

The harvest season for rhubarb lasts until the end of June. Until then, pick as many stalks as you wish. After harvest, allow the plant to keep all of its leaves, to build its reserves of energy for the next year. A common myth is that the entire plant becomes toxic later in the summer.

Does rhubarb get mushy after freezing? ›

Frozen rhubarb works best in cooked dishes and baked goods. It should not be used in raw preparations (which is rare for rhubarb anyway), since it may get soggy while defrosting. Here are some recipes to make using frozen rhubarb: Rhubarb Sauce for Ice Cream.

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