Monday, June 4, 2012

a garden surprise

a few weeks ago, before i left for the festival in SoCal, i came across a few sprouted plants, between the bed of pine needles, that resembled a rhubarb patch. a few days ago, Trevor came across the same patch of plants and was very clear about his excitement for the rhubarb (for those of you unfamiliar with the plant, Google search "rhubarb" and you can find the Wikipedia as well as Google info). both Trevor and i have memories of the rhubarb growing in our backyards as kids in the Midwest. the patch has already doubled in size since i first came across it!

although i remember eating some rhubarb sauce or pie as a kid, i haven't eaten it in years (my mom makes some of the best sweet rhubarb sauce - reserved now mostly for my stepdad's sweet tooth). now that i have a rhubarb patch right in my backyard, i guess i will have to put it to use and be resourceful. it only makes sense. 

after doing some research and recipe-searching on these here Interwebs, i think i've found a jam recipe worth of trying, made with rhubarb, sugar, candied ginger and lemon juice. personally, i prefer jam recipes that are all natural and do not contain pectin. i love ginger and its health benefits seem endless, so i will be giving this one a shot: Rhubarb Jam with Ginger. Trevor also wants to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie, which we will do together and use his family's old recipe. should be pretty special.

once i harvest this rhubarb and make a batch of jam, i will be sure to update you, my dear readers, with progress and results. until then, sayonara!

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