The rhubarb is quite unique. Technically, a rhubarb is a vegetable, it looks like a vegetable, but it is considered a fruit by everyone that has tasted it. It got so confusing that it took a New York court in 1947 to legally declare the rhubarb as a fruit. Without the leaves, rhubarb looks exactly like celery stalks, but only colored pink to red.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Caryophyllales
- Family: Polygonaceae
- Genus: Rheum
- Species: R. rhabarbarum
- Binomial name: Rheum rhabarbarum
- The rhubarb’s leaves contain a chemical called oxalic acid, which is poisonous.
- In the 16th century, rhubarb was grown in China for medicinal purposes
- The redder the rhubarb stalk, the sweeter it will be
- January 23 is National Rhubarb Pie Day.
- Some circles call rhubarb “the pie plant.”