Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A to Z Challenge: R is for Rhubarb

This month, I’m taking part in the A-Z Blogging Challenge, the annual event where hundreds of bloggers write 26 blogs—one for each letter of the alphabet—and post them each day of April, except Sundays. This year, I’m blogging about: THINGS THAT GROW IN ALBERTA. Don’t forget to check back daily and leave a comment on my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Tumblr or via email at chase.superman.duffy@gmail.com. I’ll randomly pick a few winners who will WIN a SIGNED copy of one of the Chase “Superman Duffy” comics.

Rhubarb grows like a weed in my grandma’s garden. Seriously. No matter how much my grandpa “cuts it back” every year, grandma is always harvesting it. Which, I suppose, isn’t so bad because she makes muffins, and pies, and cookies, and even this delicious rhubarb cake that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Rhubarb is a perennial (link to post) vegetable—though, like a tomato, it is also thought of as a fruit. And while the stalks are perfect for baking, the leaves, if ingested, are POISONOUS.

Grandma says rhubarb grows so well in Alberta because it thrives in cooler temperatures. Throughout the summer, it needs a lot of water (that’s one of my many chores when I’m at my grandparents’ place…) but really, it’s one of the most low maintenance crops on their farm. That cluster of plants has been around for so long, I doubt anything could kill it…even me forgetting to water it, once or twice.

Any rhubarb growing in your garden? What does your family use it for? Baking? Juice? Barbecue sauce?

Speaking of cooking, comment below or on any of my social media links for a chance to WIN a copy of TASTING MY STORY—part cookbook, part mystery, the fourth book in the Chase “Superman” Duffy books is one of my favourites!

Gotta Jet! See you tomorrow for the letter S.

— Chase Superman Duffy


  1. I've made rhubarb juice before, but never barbeque sauce--but now I'm going to have to.

    1. Rhubarb juice? Is it tart? I may need to try that! Good luck with the BBQ sauce.

  2. We have lots of rhubarb here in Ontario too. You can't get rid of the stuff once it takes root. But it makes wonderful muffins and cakes.

    Faye at Destination: Fiction