Have you ever given any thought to the Rhubarb in a Rhubarb Smoothie? No? Well, here’s something you probably didn’t know about rhubarb: the world at large considers rhubarb to be a vegetable but, in the U.S. it is considered a fruit. Why? Because of a New York court decision in 1947 that decided, for purposes of tariffs and regulations, it should be counted as a fruit.
Whether it is a fruit or a vegetable is really besides the point. Whatever the classification, rhubarb has been around for a long time. The evidence is that it was being utilized as a medicine around 3,000 years ago in China.
Today, it is cultivated mostly for its fleshy stalks which are used in food. Using rhubarb as a food is a pretty recent innovation having begun only around 400 years ago.
Nutritionally, rhubarb isn’t a big player. It does have some vitamin C, calcium, and dietary fiber. It is also cholesterol free. But it does have a great taste, especially when mixed in a smoothie. To answer all your rhubarb related question, click here.
If you want to add more nutrition to this recipes, throw in a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia provides a wide range of nutritional value including important heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- 1 rhubarb stalk, sliced
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. Chia seed
- Ice to taste