Scientific Name: Rheum x hybridum
Plant Characteristics: Rhubarb has reddish leaf stalks, called petioles. These petioles are edible, although the leaf blades are very poisonous. Rhubarb grows a white flower that blooms from May to August.
Culinary: Rhubarb was used for baking. It was processed into pies, tarts, and jellies. It was also used in stews.
Medicinal: Rhubarb was used as a laxative, a purgative, and an astringent.
Fun Fact: Rhubarb is a green vegetable that is used like a fruit in cooking. The quick-growing edible stem ripens before most other fruits, and tastes like a fruit when cooked with sugar.