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  • How to Choose Rhubarb
    Look for thick, firm stalks with glossy, bright fuchsia skin. If any leaves are still attached, they should be pert and ruffled—not limp. If the leaves have been removed, check to make sure the cut ends are not soft or spongy and show no signs of decay. (Before you store or cook rhubarb, remove the leaves. They contain oxalic acid, which is toxic in large quantities.)

  • How to Store Rhubarb
    Wrap your bunch in a damp paper towel, then place it in a sealed plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 5 days; use it before the stalks become soft.

    How to Prepare Rhubarb
    Just before using, wash the stalks and remove the leaves (they contain oxalic acid, which is toxic if eaten in large quantities). If you’ve got a tough bunch, you can peel them with a paring knife or a vegetable peeler.

  • How to Use Rhubarb
    Rhubarb is quite tart and is best cooked with sugar in sauces or compotes or used as a filling in pies, crisps, or cobblers. It is lovely paired with the sweetness of strawberries or raspberries.

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