French Fridays with Dorie – Roasted Rhubarb

by Jessica on June 17, 2011

Roasted Rhubarb |

Rhubarb. Is it a vegetable or a fruit? I’ve always wondered, and as I put this dish together the other night, I began pondering yet again what this newfound favorite of mine actually was. Since Google is ever so trusty, I immediately went there… and this is what I found: “Rhubarb is usually considered to be a vegetable; however, a New York court decided in 1947 that since it was used in the United States as a fruit it was to be counted as a fruit for the purposes of regulations and duties. A side effect was a reduction in taxes paid.” [Wikipedia]

Not necessarily the answer I was looking for, right? Whatever the case, I’ll continue to indulge in this fruity little vegetable. And I don’t need a bowl of homemade vanilla with it, either.

Roasted Rhubarb |

Dorie’s recipe is simple. A sprinkle of sugar, a bit of orange zest and a few minutes in the oven produces rhubarb that’s perfectly tender & swimming in it’s own sweet syrup. Lovely on a hot summer night, it’s great with that aforementioned ice cream or amazing on it’s own. Now… I’m off to find a more definitive answer. But maybe after one more bowl of rhubarb. 🙂

#39 – Roasted Rhubarb (pg. 397)
Source: Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

Roasted Rhubarb |


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eliana June 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

This sounds like it would be glorious over a couple of scoops of vanila ice cream 🙂


2 yummychunklet June 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Your rhubarb looks tasty all by itself. I love eating roasted berry fruit like this. Great post!


3 Elaine June 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

It is so pretty in that jadeite bowl. I agree – this is good alone or with pretty much anything you want to put it on!


4 Mary June 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I like it all by itself too, but I eat so much of it in season I have to change it up a bit! I tarts this time around. Yours looks gorgeous, and that bowl really sets it off.


5 Mary June 18, 2011 at 6:17 pm

made tarts, that is


6 Betsy June 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I had a few spoonfuls plain, but I preferred it with Greek yogurt. A winner in my book.


7 Teresa June 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I agree that it’s great on its own, but it’s soooo good with ice cream, too!


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