Rhubarb: The Raw Truth

Rhubarb is treated more like a fruit than a vegetable, most often used for jellies and baked in desserts (mark your calendar – June 9 is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day).

In fact, in 1947, New York declared rhubarb a fruit because that's how most people used it (and, it has been suggested, to save importers from taxes). But this tart veggie, low in sugar and a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and potassium, can also be a raw treat.

Check the farmers market for fresh, crisp stalks. Peel off stringy bits, and remove all the leaves before eating (and we mean all – they’re poisonous!). Try dipping stalks in agave nectar, or dice and sprinkle over yogurt. 

Or, take the salad route:


  • 2 stalks rhubarb
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
  • 1tbsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 cup kale
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup mint leaves, shredded


  1. Cut the rhubarb and cucumber into thin slices.
  2. Toss rhubarb and cucumber with salt, let stand for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the rhubarb and cucumber with the arugula and kale. Drizzle with lemon juice. Top with mint leaves.
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