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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Foraging for Fruit

Sandy loves to go exploring and bike riding down the back alleys of his neighbourhood. He never knows what is around the next corner... and today he came across a massive plant with big shoots of white flowers. The leaves were huge as well.
With a bit of help, Sandy managed to scramble up into the middle of the plant. He's heard that flowers can actually smell very beautiful and... but so far he can report that dandelions have no smell... nor do buttercups or s'skatoon berry flowers. But maybe this one will be different!
The short answer is no... these flowers don't smell like anything, at least not to his little bear nose. Although they do shed little white bits everywhere! (He's going to need to brush his fur later.) What is the point of these plants if they don't smell nice? Well... Sandy learns that this plant is called Rhubarb... and that it has many, many, many uses. Jams and jellies and pies and goodness knows what else. But one shouldn't do anything with the leaves as they can poison humans, and presumably little bears as well. it's the stalks that are useful. It's a good thing that Sandy is so small, because he can easily scoot into the middle of the rhubarb plant and harvest some of the stalks. Being little has its benefits!
Do you grow rhubarb and what do you do with it all? Because there is a LOT of rhubarb here... and no one seems to do anything with it (sort of like zucchini).

3 comments:

  1. Papa sometimes makes rhubarb pie or rhubarb bread, and those are yummy. In England, we saw rhubarb yogurt at the store, that was delicious too, although we do like honey on our plain yogurt too. We likes zucchini stir fried in a little olive oil with salt and pepper, and of course the delicious zucchini bread and muffins that Ben helps Papa to make later in the summer. Maybe you can help your Mom try some recipes this summer!

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  2. Wow, you two eat very well! My mama isn't that adventurous with cooking. She makes me oatmeal with creamed honey (yum!) and nuts... every morning. I was all excited about the rhubarb because I thought it would be good in oatmeal... but all she did was cut it up and put it in the freezer for "later". I don't think she really knows what to do with it... maybe she needs to take a cooking class. She says that wild boo-bearies are the thing! Boo-beary pie... boo-beary tarts... boo-beary jam... boo-beary muffins... yum! Do you have boo-bearies down there?

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  3. Pap ( that's Harr's Dad) gave us a rhubarb plant some time ago, this weekend we are going to eat from it for the first time :-)!

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