Rhubarb is a vegetable often thought to be a fruit because so many recipes are for desserts. Varieties are either green or red. Green varieties are not unripe red. Red varieties are red throughout their growth cycle. Most rhubarb varieties are grown as perennials and only in the colder climates, USDA zone 5 and colder. Recent varieties, however, include fast growing
ones intended for warmer climates and planted as annuals, typically yielding a few large stalks each year. Less commonly, rhubarb is forced indoors in the winter months. (Grown at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, without any light and harvested in the northern hemisphere in January.) Such stalks are pale and mild flavored.
The following links offer more details. including instructions on planting rhubarb and information about growing rhubarb, phases of growth, rhubarb varieties, rhubarb seeds, freezing/storing rhubarb, rhubarb’s nutritional merits, and the history of rhubarb. Please direct any questions you have regarding rhubarb to us via the information at the contact us page. We’ll be happy to answer. If you’re interested in our own growing techniques, you’ll find explanations and pictures at Our Organic Technology.