Rhubarb pie

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Strawberry rhubarb pie
Pie capers strawberry rhubarb pie, July 2007.jpg
Course Dessert
Place of origin Germany, United Kingdom
Main ingredients Strawberry, rhubarb
Rhubarb pie

Rhubarb pie is a pie with a rhubarb filling. Popular in the UK, where rhubarb has been cultivated since the 1600s, its introduction to Europe from China is attributed to Marco Polo. Besides diced rhubarb, it almost always contains a large amount of sugar to balance the intense tartness of the plant. A strawberry rhubarb pie,[1][2][3] is a type of tart and sweet[4] pie made with a strawberry and rhubarb filling. Sometimes tapioca is also used.[5][6] The pie is usually prepared with a bottom pie crust and a variety of styles of upper crust. In the United States, often a lattice-style upper crust is used.[7] This pie is a traditional dessert in the northeastern United States but is little known outside that region in the US. It is part of New England cuisine.[8] Rhubarb pies and desserts are popular in Canada as well, as the rhubarb plant can survive in cold weather climates.[9][10]


Filling of a strawberry-rhubarb pie

To prepare rhubarb, trim off the ends and rinse well. Peel the rhubarb if desired. Cook the prepared rhubarb in a non-aluminum pan.[11][12]


This strawberry rhubarb pie has had a piece cut from it.

Rhubarb is a vegetable that originated from Western China, Tibet, Mongolia, and Siberia. In the American colonies John Bartram of Philadelphia is credited with first planting rhubarb seeds in the 1730s; the seeds were sent from England, where rhubarb had been cultivated and had become a popular fruit. In the 1770s, Benjamin Franklin sent Bartram further seeds from London.[13] By 1829, rhubarb seeds were being sold in garden catalogs. It is a member of the buckwheat family. Only the stalks of the rhubarb are used, because Rhubarb leaves contain poisonous substances, including oxalic acid, which is a nephrotoxic and corrosive acid. Frostbitten stalks are also avoided since they maintain toxicity. A common folk name for rhubarb is "pie plant."[14][15][16] Rhubarb is considered to be a harbinger for spring since harvesting can begin in April.[17]

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