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.
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