Creamy Roasted Rhubarb with Maple Syrup

roasted rhubarb

Roasted Rhubarb with Maple Syrup

Once again we shall

See the snow melt

Taste the flowing sap

Touch the budding seeds.

Smell the whitening flowers

Know the renewal of life.

~From an Anishnabeg (Ojibway) thanksgiving for spring.


Rhubarb has been  grown for a long time in Asia as a medicinal plant. It originated from Siberia or Tibet and its Latin name signify barbaric roots. It is likely due to it’s infamous name that was not used in cuisine until the early 1800s. Today, there are two main species grown for culinary usage,  Rheum Rhabarbarum and Rheum Rhaponticum.

Even if rhubarb is a vegetable, it is almost always used as a fruit to make pies, jams and compotes. Rhubarb may be harvested in the spring or fall but in the  spring the quality is at its best. It is appreciated for its acidulous taste and the tannin that makes your mouth pucker up. Only the stalks are eaten and you should never eat the leaves; they have been associated with cases of poisoning due to their high concentration of oxalic acid.

Rhubarb is rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and in vitamin C and A. It is said to be astringent, laxative and purgative.

In  Chinese medicine it is used as a cooling food to remove toxins and heat and helps blood circulation.

It also reduces vata when use a little at a time.


Rhubarb under the sun

Creamy Roasted Rhubarb with Maple Syrup.

  • 1 lb rhubarb, trimmed and roughly chopped

  •  2 teaspoon unsalted butter

  • Maple syrup

  • Plain or vanilla yogurt

  • Fresh mint

Preheat the oven at 400 f. Place the rhubarb in a lightly buttered roasting pan, drizzled with maple syrup, and toss well. Roast for 15 to 2o minutes until tender. Place the rhubarb and juices in a bowl, drizzle with maple syrup and let cool completely.

Serve over yogurt with fresh mint, or add to a smoothie with blueberries, orange juice, roasted rhubarb and cinnamon.

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