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Rhubarb… Everything

Rhubarb Plant


Besides making good hats for the dog and the kids, Rhubarb leaves have a special niche in life. They can be used for everything from poison for insects to fancy forms  for ‘garden stepping stones’. 

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Dog under Rhubarb Leaf

The Rhubarb stalks are the first ‘fruit’ (not actually fruit) available to us ‘Northerners’. So here’s a post for every Rhubarb delight. Add your take on it too. Do you have a Rhubarb recipe you want to share?

This, below, is my favorite, partly because I can easily use other flours like barley, and rye, etc., but also because I love to use my own fruit. I grow my own Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Wild Saskatoons, and yes…Rhubarb. This Recipe can take it all!

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Sherry Berry muffins coming from the oven

 

 

 

 

SHERRY BERRY MUFFINS  (Honestly) I multiplied this by 6 to get 5 dozen like what in the pictures. I hate recipes that say it will make a dozen and they are so small they wouldn’t feed a baby.

1 cup Oats (I’ve used large flakes and small)

1 cup Buttermilk / Sour Milk (or add 2 Tablespoons Vinegar to the balance of a cup of Sweet Milk)

1 cup All-Purpose Flour (or Barley/Rye/Soybean/Rice/ or a mixture, but make sure your egg is large)

1 teaspoon Baking Powder    

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Berries in Muffin Mix

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar (I used Honey)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup melted butter ( I used 1/4 c. applesauce and a Tablespoon of Grapeseed Oil)

2 cup of Berries (After multiplying recipe by 6, I used 1 c. Strawberries, 1 c. Blueberries, 1 c. Raspberries, 5 c. Saskatoons,  and 4 c. Rhubarb)

Combine Oats and Buttermilk in a bowl. Let stand for an hour. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar in separate bowl, Stir to blend. Add egg and melted butter to oat mixture. mix well. Add oat mixture all at once to dry ingredients. Stir just enough to moisten. Gently fold in berries. Fill greased muffin cups almost level full. Bake at 400F (200C) for 15-25 minutes depending on muffin size or until top springs back when lightly touched.

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Yummy Berries

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Muffins Ready for the Oven

                   Please comment and share a recipe or tell  me how you would use Rhubarb.

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14 Responses to “Rhubarb… Everything”

  1. Naomi says:

    I am going to make my rhubarb leaf concoction for ants tomorrow.

    My honeyberries are ready to pick. I could make a recipe using honeyberries and rhubarb, but right now they are at a premium since my plants are so young. I will eat them right off the bush.

  2. Naomi says:

    To me they are not quite as fabulous as blueberries, but I love them still the same.
    Every plant, every variety and ever berry seems to have a slightly different flavour.
    I have Borealis Belle and Berry Blue. My Borealis has the biggest berries, but not too many and has the best flavour. Belle has the most berries, but are smaller and not quite as sweet. My Berry Blue is brand new this year.
    They take a few years to get going, but seem to be really hardy and quick growing. I have much better success with them than my saskatoon plants. They are not really sweet, like blueberry or saskatoon, but for how early they are (they were ready a week and 1/2 ago), they are a treasure to me.
    I am going to propagate them and make more plants. You need at least 2 varieties to get good fruit bearing. They are hardy for Siberia!!!
    I am pretty sure you would be pleased with them. I think they might be easy to propagate, too. They would make a good hedge row, too. Very easy to grow, and 1 or 2 weeks before strawberries. …Can you tell I like them? :)
    They go by lots of names, one of which is Haskap.

    • sherry says:

      I can see folks in town making these berry hedge rows! That’s pretty early for a fruit! So it’s the Berry Blue that’s so early?

      • Naomi says:

        Berry Blue is a variety of Honeyberry (Haskap). All the varieties seem to be easy to grow.
        People in town don’t think like you and I. They wouldn’t even consider Honeyberry as more than a novelty, let alone a hedge. In fact, they would probably think that many berries was a burden.
        As for me, I have definitely considered using them for a hedge. It’s a matter of convincing my hubby that a hedge would be more than an eyesore. I would tend to agree. The only reason I’d have a hedge of them is for the berries, not the hedge.

  3. Anna-Marie White says:

    Wow you really don’t hold back with the berries!! These look fabulous, and the berries are still whole. Nice technique! So I bet you have a bunch of these in the freezer yummmmm. Hey do you use Unbleached Flour? I am checking ahead of time to see what I can sneak from the freezer he heh

    • sherry says:

      For Hubby I get whatever white flour is cheapest as a minimal amount in a mixture. Unbleached is a better, but it’s not necessarily available. Otherwise I primarily use fresh home ground Whole Wheat and for me I use Barley and Rye.

  4. Anna-Marie White says:

    I really miss my Grandma’s Rhubarb Patch. It was up to my shoulders. I must have been really tiny tee hee!
    Every year going to her patch and picking a huge stalk of tender rhubarb was just something that spelled SUMMER!

  5. Naomi says:

    They grow in regular soil with little attention. My soil is sandy with a touch of clay. They are even grown in Saskatchewan clay with a pH of 7.9. They can grow in any pH, as far as I understand it.
    Just don’t expect them to be as sweet as blueberries.

  6. Naomi says:

    I find it hard to describe. Every berry is different, every variety is different. It even depends on if you pick them too soon.
    To me, they taste faintly like a mildly tart blueberry.
    When I read that they taste like a blueberry, I was disappointed because blueberries are out of this world delicious. Haskap is very good, but not sweet like blueberry.

    • sherry says:

      Then more of a very mild sweet blueberry without any zing. I like zing. If I could just get my hands on some Huckleberries. I’ve given up on the stores ever having any up here. I think I have to find them wild and transplant them.

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