WASTE NOT, WANT NOT Use up leftover rhubarb stalks by making a delicious rhubarb and ginger jam or a homemade rhubarb syrup that can be used in cocktails, over fruit and other desserts.
Unlike the leafy greens of many root vegetables, the leaves of rhubarb are not edible due to the high levels of harmful oxalic acid they contain. However, the oxalic acid will break down as the leaves decompose so they are still suitable to compost.
Message from George McIvor, Chairman of The Master Chefs of Great Britain
The Master Chefs of Great Britain was formed in 1980 to provide a forum for the exchange of culinary ideas and to further the profession through training and the guidance of young chefs.
I will leave you with a lasting memory of my childhood. My mother would cut rhubarb raw into small sticks and place them
in a greaseproof bag with warmed granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. Rhubarb dip!
Official tasting notes
In the UK, the first rhubarb of the year is harvested by candlelight in forcing sheds in Yorkshire. Cultivated by a process where all light is excluded, this practice produces a sweeter, more tender, slimmer stalked vegetable.