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First time I've grown ruhbarb, when do I pick it?.


By Tonto

Australia Au

I was told green ruhbarb is poisonous and I must wait for the entire stem to go red. Also how much sugar do you add to the boiling water?



Green rhubarb isn't poisonous, only the leaves are.
Put a bucket with no bottom in it, over the top to exclude the sunlight. This will keep it red.
Don't pull rhubarb if the leaves are bigger than your hand.
Sugar can be added to your own particular taste.

28 Jan, 2009


Hiho Silver away, ride into tomorrow 2day -
ahem, yes er, rhubarb: my German neighbour swore by not eating it after mid-June, tho as Bob says, i think it's only the leaves which can harm - some acid or other I've heard from scientist husband.

28 Jan, 2009


silly me - you're on the other side of the world from Yurp by the look of it. So maybe for June, read December? Help!
Or just ignore my advice altogether.
I could tell you how to make crumble tho, if that compensates for muddying the waters?

28 Jan, 2009


Rhubarb crumble I love that.
You gave me a giggle there Evelyn, by the way you can always borrow my glasses now I don't need them anymore. Lol (Sorry only joking)

28 Jan, 2009


I stop pulling stems about mid summer as well so the plant can build up strength for the following year. If it ever gets to throw up a flower stem, you know it's growing VERY strongly so you can pull stems for longer without weakening it too much

28 Jan, 2009


green rhubarb, could be a green variety, that is only pink at the start of growth. as the plant ages some of the stems get 'stringier' but still edible.

13 Feb, 2009

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