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why_style From: why_style Date: May 24th, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

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hm, i'd never heard of strawberry rhubarb. our rhubarb has a red stalk, but by the time it's cooked into pie filling it's pretty much a green-gray color. does your strawberry rhubarb have a different flavor, or is it just the color that sets it apart?

how confusing though. on one hand i think i agree with [Unknown LJ tag] that it shouldn't be called "strawberry rhubarb pie" unless it has strawberries in it- regardless of the varietal of rhubarb- only because the combination of rhubarb adn strawberries seem to be so common. but on the other hand, i have tried the kind withstrawberries, and i side with you, wisdom_seeker that i prefer my pie with just the rhubarb.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Each of the varietals has slightly different characteristics, and the contention is that the "Strawberry" rhubarb is the best. I've a quiet guess, though, that they only ever used the one and don't have a whit of experience with the others.

Incidentally, it's not the only varietal with a bright red stalk. It's just one of a kind.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 24th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

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honestly i didn't know there was more than one kind. my guess is that the stuff i get here in VA may well be different from the kind we grew when i was a kid in PA, but there's such a long rhubarb gap between the two that i've not noticed a difference in flavor. good to know though. i'll have to look fo this "strawberry" varietal and taste it for myself.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

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A short list of rhubarb varieties.

I'm not sure how many of them are marketed commercially. I've only seen one for sale around here, and it ain't strawberry.

Incidentally, this is all in good fun. It's just what we do.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

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How did you find this site?!?! I went hunting for rhubarb info and couldn't find anything that went into such depth! I'm so impressed!
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I have m4d sk177z.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

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yes. you. do.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 25th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

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good lord, i had no idea. if that's the short list, i'm not sure i want to see the long one. and here, i thought rhubarb was rhubarb. well, color me bespeckled and call me suzy- all in fun of course :) i think i'll have to consult the matriach and get her thoughts. hahahahaha
komos From: komos Date: May 25th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Humans are clever monkeys.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Prior to moving to the MidWest from New England at the age of 26 and talking with komos about how surprised I was that the strawberry rhubarb pie I bought at the supermarket here had strawberries in it, I had *no idea* that there was such a thing as a rhubarb and strawberry pie. My Mom has *always* called her rhubarb pie "strawberry rhubarb pie." I went looking on the internet earlier this Spring to find some clarification on the varieties, and it didn't help. My Mom refers to the rhubarb that grows in her back-yard (which she transplanted from her grandfather's back-yard) as "strawberry rhubarb," but the plant growers' web-sites all say "strawberry rhubarb" refers to rhubarb grown in a hot-house, and they call the stuff with the red stalks grown outside "cherry rhubarb." But the farmers' market where I bought the rhubarb for my first rhubarb pie this spring had it labelled as "strawberry rhubarb" and it was field-grown. In short, rhubarb is a *lot* more complicated than I ever imagined it could be.
komos From: komos Date: May 24th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Yeah, I've seen the hot-house/field-grown distinction as well, though I'm not sure how far I'd take it. Strawberry rhubarb is a little more delicate (which may be why there is reference to indoor growing), less stringy, and pink all the way through. Cherry is bright red, though I'm not sure if the red goes all the way through the stalks.
why_style From: why_style Date: May 25th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

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ha- you're telling me. my mind has been blown in het last 24 hours. all these years wasted thinking rhubarb was but a simple childhood memory ;)

incidentally, do you like raw rhubarb? i know it's quite sour and pretty stringy, but i used to love pulling the stalks out of the ground and munching on them raw (much to my mom's chagrin).
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 25th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

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You know, I don't think I've ever eaten raw rhubarb. I'm not a big fan of sour or bitter, so I suspect it wouldn't be for me.
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