This Roasted Rhubarb with Honey and Ginger is a great way to use up any leftover rhubarb. It is a simple rhubarb recipe that you can use to accompany all sorts of dishes, both sweet and savoury. Use forced rhubarb from January to March, then field-grown rhubarb from April to September.
Guysss, forced rhubarb season is upon us! I don’t know about you but I always find Winter seasonal fruit and veg can be a little uninspiring at times, so forced rhubarb is giving me LIFE right now.
I feel like it’s a sign that warmer weather is coming (even if it might be a good few months away) and with it comes new seasonal produce. Exciting times.
Rhubarb is a favourite of mine. I’m a big fan of tart flavours and rhubarb doesn’t half deliver on that. Mix it with some sweetness and it is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of porridge or a breakfast parfait. That tartness also goes perfectly with fatty meats like duck, pork and goose. And of course, it is a fab filling for pies and crumbles. All in all, it is such a versatile vegetable (yes, I said vegetable) that’s worth getting a hold of at this time of year.
What is the difference between field-grown rhubarb and forced rhubarb?
Field-grown rhubarb, as suggested by its name, is grown outdoors in fields, and is harvested from April to September. This results in rhubarb that is slightly greener, tarter and more fibrous than its forced counterpart – ideal for stewing and popping into pies and crumbles.
In comparison, forced rhubarb is grown in warm sheds with no natural light. In its quest for natural light, it grows quickly, sometimes in a matter of weeks, producing rhubarb that is more of a reddish-pink colour, with small, pale green leaves. This type of rhubarb is sweeter and more tender than the field-grown variety, making it perfect for more delicate dishes.
- Rhubarb is a vegetable! Except in the US, where, since 1947, it has been declared a fruit. This was to save business’ money on taxes when importing the fruit/vegetable.
- The ‘Yorkshire Triangle’ – a place between Wakefield, Rothwell and Morley in the North of England, is prestigious for growing forced rhubarb. So much so, that in 2010 it was awarded Protected Designation of Origin status by the European Commission. Other foods with this status include the Cornish Pasty, Serrano Ham and Champagne.
- To minimise exposure to light, forced rhubarb is often harvested by candlelight.
- Due to forced rhubarb growing so quickly, you can hear creaking and squeaking sounds within the forcing sheds – this is the sound of the rhubarb growing!
- Rhubarb leaves contain oxalic acid, making them toxic to eat.
How to Cook Rhubarb
- Chop the rhubarb in to 1 inch pieces and pop in a roasting tray.
2. Drizzle the rhubarb with honey and sprinkle on powdered ginger.
3. Cover the rhubarb with tin foil and pop into the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees centigrade.
4. Uncover the rhubarb, spoon some of the syrupy juices over the rhubarb pieces and cook for a further 5 minutes.
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Roasted Rhubarb with Honey and Ginger
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This Roasted Rhubarb recipe with honey and ginger is the best way to use rhubarb. It’s sweet, tangy and so simple to make! You could use it with both sweet and savoury dishes, making this rhubarb recipe also incredibly versatile!
- 400 grams rhubarb
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
- Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees centigrade.
- Slice you rhubarb into 1-inch pieces, discarding the ends and any leaves.
- Add the rhubarb to a roasting pan along with the honey and powdered ginger. Toss everything together.
- Cover the rhubarb with tin foil and cook in the over for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the tin foil and discard. Return the rhubarb to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
- Remove the rhubarb from the oven and leave to cool before serving. Enjoy!
- Forced rhubarb works best for this recipe but you can also use field-grown if that is what you have.
Keywords: Roasted Rhubarb, Rhubarb Recipe, Forced Rhubarb, Honey and Ginger