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Stewed Rhubarb with Ginger and Lime

What's in season right now for spring? Rhubarb!

Popping up in gardens, grocery stores and farmer's markets, rhubarb is suddenly everywhere. When I see it I automatically think 'Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie', but local strawberries aren't quite ready to go yet so rhubarb hasn't really been on my radar.

Then a lovely friend with a garden full of stalks brought me a big bag to experiment with this week. Her rhubarb was beautiful (and huge!) but more green than rosy coloured and got me thinking about other flavours that might go well with it. The result - stewed rhubarb with fresh ginger and lime juice. The heat and flavour from the ginger goes really well with the tangy sweetness of the stalks, and the lime gives it a fresh zing.

This stewed rhubarb recipe is ridiculously easy, quick and tastes great on its own, or topped with custard or Greek yogurt. I made a warm layered dessert using a easy cheat with Bird's Custard Powder (my British mom made great rhubarb and custard desserts when we were little with Bird's, and it's handy to have in my cupboard now for a super-fast treat). In 20 minutes I had a local, seasonal dessert on my table with lots of extra stewed rhubarb left over for breakfasts this week.

 If you try my recipe or have a recommendation of one you love, please let me know in the comments below.

Stewed Rhubarb with Ginger & Lime


Six cups rhubarb, washed, trimmed and chopped into 1 inch pieces

3/4 cup white sugar (increase to 1 cup if you like extra sweetness)

1 inch peeled fresh ginger root, fine grated

1/2 a lime


Place the rhubarb, sugar and water in a small saucepan with the grated ginger and juice from the lime.

Cover and bring to a simmer, then cook on medium low heat for ten minutes, stirring occasionally until the rhubarb has fully softened and thickened.

Eat it warm with custard or pile it on top of oatmeal for breakfast.


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