You know how a tomato is fruit that we use like a vegetable?
Well, rhubarb is a vegetable that we use like a fruit!
It is crunchy like celery, and super sour, and one of my favorite veggies! It is low in calories and loaded good vitamins like potassium, vitamin C, and calcium. Plus we know strawberries are a healthy fruit, so lets make a fruit and veggie tart today!
Have you ever seen a rhubarb plant?
Where we live, most of the grandmas and grandpas have a few plants growing and they will always share with us. You can also find it in farmers markets in the springtime. Rhubarb doesn’t like to grow when it is too hot, so you don’t see it much after May and early June.
We eat only the stalks of the rhubarb plant. They are ready when they turn red at the bottom and only have a little green at the top. It is a really a sour food, and more green means more sour! The big pretty leaves are poisonous! There is a high concentration of oxalic acid in rhubarb leaves, which stops your body from getting the nutrients from your food. That is bad news, so always cut the leaves off and toss them.
To make our sweet snack today, you only need a few stalks of rhubarb and some strawberries for filling! You can use any kind of fruit you’d like for the filling, even if it is canned or frozen. We made our dough first, and let it rest while we cooked the fruit.
We rolled our dough out carefully and cut circles, per the tiny human in charge. You can cut squares, or any other shape you’d like. I have even copied those tarts that come in a box from the store, only the home-made ones can have any flavor I want inside, and they are more fun to make.
Did you find out where you can get rhubarb?
What flavor tarts are you going to make?