I was so excited to see this vibrant rhubarb under some dead leaves in my daughter’s garden yesterday.
Did you know rhubarb was first mentioned in Pen Khing’s Herbal in 2700 BC and was used in China, Mongolia and Siberia? Later, it was mentioned as having been found in the Ukraine. Before Christ was born, Asia was exporting rhubarb for medicinal purposes – for constipation and inflammation. The leaves, though, are poisonous… as, by the way, are the leaves of the potato and tomato plants.
My great grandmother used to send us parcels of her wonderful rhubarb-gumdrop jam in the winter – from Ontario to Saskatchewan!