SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— We just had our first field-grown rhubarb of the season from Oregon and it was delicious. Truly it’s a vegetable, but believe it or not, back in 1947 a New York court decided that it counted as a fruit for duty purposes and who knows what else.
There are so many things you can do with it. The other day I made strawberry-rhubarb compote and I did it in a way I had never done before. I cooked the rhubarb with sugar. Once it was fully cooked I stirred in raw strawberries, but never fully cooked them.
They were nice, firm, and almost crunchy. It was an effective dessert and very nice in the low calorie department as well. An entire cup of raw rhubarb is about 45 calories. It’s the sugar that you add that increases the calories.