A strawberry rhubarb pie, is a type of tart and sweet pie made with a strawberry and rhubarb filling. Sometimes tapioca is also used. 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. This pie is a traditional dessert throughout the US South including the Appalachian regions, and is part of New England cuisine. Rhubarb pies and desserts are popular in Canada too since the rhubarb plant can survive in cold weather climates.
This strawberry rhubarb pie has had a piece cut from it.
Rhubarb is a vegetable that originated from Western China, Tibet, Mongolia, and Siberia. Ben Franklin is credited with bringing rhubarb seeds to America. 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, since the leaves and roots contain oxalic acid and other unknown poisons. Frostbitten stalks are also avoided since they can also be toxic. A common folk name for rhubarb is "pie plant." Rhubarb is considered to be a harbinger for spring since harvesting can begin in April.