A few months ago I was reading something about homesteading and they mentioned that long ago every farm had a rhubarb plant and that everyone should have one now. Apparently, rhubarb was originally used for a variety of digestive complaints, such as constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, and heartburn. Until I read that article, I had no idea that rhubarb was good for anything except as an interesting vegetable (some people say fruit) to be used in desserts and jams. This made me curious, so I decided to do a bit more research before deciding if I would try growing it here (our growing season if from the middle of June to the beginning of September, with low humidity).
When I typed “rhubarb” in the search line of my computer, I was amazed at how much information was available. From home remedies to recipes to how to grow it, there is an abundance of recipes, suggestions and directions. I think I could spend several days looking at just the most popular articles and web sites and still barely make a dent in what there is to know about rhubarb.
I found several sites that have (what appears to be) really good information. If considering rhubarb, be sure to read the Web MD site since it covers side effects and interactions very well. These sites discuss varieties of rhubarb, growing it, and recipes (even for rhubarb wine), so check them out. Happy growing!
Web MD – Rhubarb (very informative about the uses, side effects, interactions, and doses)