Rhubarb Smoothies (And Harvesting Rhubarb)

by Merissa on June 12, 2013

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Rhubarb is in season right now and anyone that has a plant or two knows that rhubarb can be quite prolific under the right conditions! Even if you don't happen to have a plant it seems like you can still end up with quite a bit of rhubarb from friends, family, and neighbors that have been bountifully blessed.

If you have a rhubarb plant and haven't grown it before you might be wondering how you go about harvesting rhubarb. Here are some tips...

Harvest season for rhubarb is late spring through early summer. Rhubarb plants will keep growing after that but they tend to get bitter in the heat, even if you keep them watered. It's best to just harvest what you can, while you can and then leave the plant be until next year.

Don't harvest rhubarb in it's first year. Rhubarb plants need 2 years to be fully developed. If you leave them be the first year they will have a better chance at growing a strong root system and then they will be ready to produce for you for years to come.

Rhubarb stalks are ready to be harvested when they are firm an no longer bendy. Bendy rhubarb will be too stringy and tough to cut through and eat. Don't let your rhubarb get too large either or it will get bitter. Your best bet is to check your rhubarb plants for harvest each day or every other day in the least.

When you pull the rhubarb from the plant, twist the bottom so the stalk pulls cleanly out from the ground. Don't cut the stalks or it will cause growth issues for the remainder of the plant. Brush the dirt from the stalks you pull.

Cut the leaves off the stalks. They are poisonous and can't be eaten by humans or animals. However the leaves make an excellent addition to your compost pile! When you harvest the rhubarb make sure to never pull more than 30% of the plant at a time or it's roots will become unstable for future harvests.

Rhubarb stores well in the fridge, or you can chop it up and freeze it to be able to enjoy all year long! Now it's time to get some inspiration on how to use up all that rhubarb! Here's a great recipe to try for Rhubarb Smoothies!

Rhubarb Smoothies

What You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Rhubarb, frozen or fresh (about 1 stalk, washed/cut up)
  • 1 1/2 cups Strawberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 1/2 cups Milk
  • 2/3 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 cup Ice (optional)

Using a blender, add your fruit to the bottom, ice and then top it off with your honey, milk, and pomeganate juice. Mix well until all ingredients are smooth. Makes 2 servings.

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These smoothies are a great way to really enjoy the fresh taste of early summer since rhubarb has such a short harvesting season!

How long have you been harvesting rhubarb? What's your favorite rhubarb recipe?

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1 Bonnie Jenniges June 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi just a question is the milk in the recipe 1 1/2 cups

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2 Merissa June 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

Yes, just fixed that :)

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3 Peggy Stenglein June 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm

I’m growing rhubarb for the first time in my garden this year, and am starting some from seed as well. I can’t wait to harvest some next year for a strawberry rhubarb crisp, and I think I would like to maybe try some sort of oatmeal cookie with rhubarb in it as well. Yum, and it’s pretty in the garden too!

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4 Merissa June 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Mmmm, Rhubarb cookies sound good!

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5 Rhonda June 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I have been enjoying rhubarb crisp. I am gluten free and dairy free, have not figured out the flour mixes to substitute for my favorite pie.

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6 Rhonda June 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

make that strawberry rhubarb crisp that I have been enjoying this season.

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7 Terri Rochenski June 13, 2013 at 6:38 am

Excellent tips – I copies & pasted in my ‘Gardening Stuff’ doc folder. Thanks so much!!

Terri

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8 Joel B. Torres June 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

A. Gardeners should stop harvesting well-established rhubarb plants by mid-June. Continued harvest through the summer months weakens the rhubarb plants and reduces the yield and quality of next year’s crop. The rhubarb stalks do become somewhat woody by mid-summer, but they don’t become poisonous.

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9 kimberly June 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I recently planted rhubarb, and it is doing surprisingly well (we live in Houston, TX). I decided to transplant it (it had been growing for about three months) because it was too crowded where I had originally placed it in my garden. Hoping it will pull through. I am trying to be patient and wait the two years to harvest — THE PATIENCE is the HARDEST part! :)

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10 Marie June 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

I’ve used rhubarb in crisps (my favorite), pies, sauces, and jams – but never in a smoothie. It looks good! Visiting here from Motivate Me Monday.

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11 Miz Helen June 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
Miz Helen

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12 Susan June 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I lo-ove rhubarb! Since we’re buying a house this summer, I hope to plant some rhubarb and your harvesting tips are going to be a big help in 2 years ;) Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

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13 Karen @ From the Garden Table April 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I never thought about putting rhubarb in a smoothie before! I’m in New England so our rhubarb isn’t quite ready yet, but can’t wait to try this when it is!

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14 Carie Spence May 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

Never seen it in a smoothie. Yumm!!

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15 SheriQ May 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Yummy!!
My dad used to say the only good place to grow rhubarb was next to the garbage so you could cut it & throw it away. Unlike him, we love it!

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16 Kimberlee May 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

This sounds really good! Looking forward to trying it. I have made smoothies before with frozen rhubarb but not with the other ingredients you listed.

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17 Jenn May 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Oh my gosh!! This sounds amazing! I loooove Rhubarb.. can not wait to try this! :)

p.s found you through Friendship Friday!

~Jenn

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18 Laura @ Over The Apple Tree May 2, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Smoothie you say? I’m intrigued. I have some rhubarb that should be good to harvest this year, might give it a try!

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19 Kevin King May 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm

This looks Delicious! I can’t wait to try it.

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20 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? May 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

I just love rhubarb, but never thought of adding it to smoothies. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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21 Simply called food May 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I love rhubarb and I look forward the season! It looks so good and adding it to a smoothie must add a nice zesty taste!

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23 Jill @ Called To Be A Mom May 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm

This definitely sounds like a winner! Thanks for linking at #pintasticpinterestingparty I can’t wait for Rhubarb season around here!

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25 Kaz @ Melting Moments May 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Oh! I have never tried a rhubarb smoothie. Bet it’s delish!

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26 Silvie Armas May 9, 2014 at 8:05 pm

This smoothie looks delicious! I have a weakness for smoothies so I’m dying to try this one out. :)

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27 Laura@Baking in Pyjamas May 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

I adore rhubarb and would love to have one in our garden. This smoothie sound lovely. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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28 Rebecca Frederickson July 15, 2014 at 10:48 am

I want to hear comments from someone who has tried the smoothie. Kind of scares me, having raw rhubarb. I would think it would be hard on my digestive system.My favorite way to have rhubarb is Fabulous Rhubarb Cheesecake. A favorite with everyone who has tried it.

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