Plants and Health

Rhubarb: benefits and virtues


Native to Asia, the rhubarb or rheum rhaponticum is a perennial plant that offers many benefits and virtues for health.

Low in calories and rich in calcium, rhubarb is used in many desserts.

  • Gardening: how to grow rhubarb well
  • Cooking: rhubarb-based recipes

Rhubarb and its health benefits

Almost always eaten cooked because of its high acidity, cooked rhubarb is on the other hand tender and tangy.

  • They are rarely used nowadays, but rhubarb has virtues aperitifs, tonics and purgatives mostly. Rhubarb also acts very clearly on the bile secretion.
  • The tannins contained in rhubarb have astringent effects (low dose), effective against diarrhea.
  • Against renal failure, rhubarb could be effective, research is underway in China.
  • Finally, rhubarb contains a powerful inhibitor of the key enzyme of cholesterol biosynthesis, which is why rhubarb is traditionally used for disorders related to high cholesterol.

In the past, we did not consume the petioles but the roots of rhubarb for their laxative virtues.

  • Rhubarb root is also revealedantibacterial and fight against Staphylococcus aureus. When applied to boils, as a mouthwash against mucosal infections, rhubarb root works (almost) miracles!

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  • Internal use

Rhubarb infusion: 5 to 10 g of rhubarb powder for ¼ liter of boiling water. In the morning on an empty stomach as a purgative. Or maceration cold made with double dose.

Rhubarb root powder : 1 to 4 g as a purgative and 0.5 g as a digestive tonic.

Rhubarb tincture : 200 g of crushed rhubarb. Macerate for 10 days in 1 liter of alcohol at 60% vol. Stir from time to time, then filter. 1 to 4 g as a tonic, 10 to 15 g as a purgative.

Rhubarb wine : macerate 60 g of root for 10 days in 1 liter of Grenache wine. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons as a purgative.

Rhubarb syrup : composed with rhubarb, chicory, alkékenge (perennial and decorative plant, the fruit of which is orange in color), fumitory (medicinal plant which has an action on the digestive system, in particular on the vesicle biliary) andcinnamon. This syrup is also called: "compound chicory syrup".

  • External use

Decoction of rhubarb flowers or decoction of root powder: in the past, these decoctions were used to lighten the hair and give it a blonde color.

Growing rhubarb for its benefits

To grow properly, rhubarb needs rich, consistent, cool, acidic and humus-rich soil. As for exposure: preferably full sun.

  • Gardening: how to grow rhubarb well

Beware of rhubarb leaf toxicity:

Never eat rhubarb leaves. They contain oxalic acid which can cause serious poisoning.

Rhubarb in cooking for its benefits

Nutritional benefits of rhubarb

Rhubarb is rich in organic acids, fiber, calcium and magnesium. Rhubarb also has laxative effects.

Rhubarb petioles are cooked with sugar (like fruit) or are sautéed with butter. We also make excellent pies with rhubarb, crumbles, rhubarb jam and compotes.

  1. Cooking: rhubarb-based recipes

Gourmet idea:

Caramelized rhubarb with honey to accompany a pork tenderloin… Hmm, it wriggles under the taste buds!

Blandine Merlin

Video: How to grow AMAZING Rhubarb (October 2020).