Perhaps the greatest feature of rhubarb is its timing. After a long winter, rhubarb shoots begin to emerge when there are still hard frosts and snow to contend with. By the beginning of spring it is possible to make the first harvest. Rhubarb crumble is a great way to celebrate the start of the growing season.
Rhubarb is a herbaceous perennial that grows from a thick mass called a rhizome. It is officially a vegetable, although a cook uses it like a fruit. It has a distinctive tangy flavour, and is commonly used as a flavouring for ice cream and yoghurt. Rhubarb can also make delicious chutneys.
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