Heated Debate: Rhubarb, Is It A Vegetable Or A Fruit?
This debate started innocently enough. My friend kept saying she didn't like rutabaga pie. What the heck was that? I thought maybe she meant a pastie. She was obviously confused and after some discussion and much laughter we determined she meant rhubarb. THEN, the debate began, Rhubarb: Vegetable or Fruit?
Without looking it up, take a guess. After I questioned people what they thought and got mixed answers I decided to get to the "root" (pun intended) of the answer. So, which is it? Are you ready?
(Drum Roll) It's a vegetable. Dang! I was wrong!!! The official name is Rheum officinale Baillon and can often be found growing just about anywhere since it isn't a very demanding plant. The reason we (ME) thinks it's a fruit is because it's not served as a side dish with meat, but instead is mixed with other fruit and has sugar added for a dessert. Seriously, it has a sour, fruity taste, right? You should begin seeing it blossom this month, so get ready for rhubarb sauce, rhubarb pie and rhubarb bars!