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Is disappointing, is not disappointing
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wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: May 24th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

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)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

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)

Re: the "others" chiming in...

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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