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10 Things You Didn't Know About Rhubard

1. Don’t eat the leaves—they’re poisonous!


2. To add irony to its bitter flavor, the word rhubarb also means “a heated dispute or controversy,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.


3. Rhubarb became an official fruit in the U.S. thanks to a 1947 New York court ruling, but this member of the buckwheat family is normally considered a vegetable.


4. Rhubarb in pie is celebrated nationally two times a year: January 23rd is National Rhubarb Pie Day, and June 9th is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day.


5. This stalky plant produces pretty, dramatic flowers that can be enjoyed for a short time if you don’t let them seed.


6. The plant freezes well, with only about a quarter of the crop sold fresh in the U.S.


7. According to some, rhubarb is very easy to grow.


8. The redder the stalk, the sweeter its taste.


9. Rhubarb chili is a thing.


10. Don’t confuse garden-variety rhubarb with the Wild Rhubarb plant—despite its name, the latter isn’t actually rhubarb and is not edible.

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