National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is on June 9 and we’re all prepped to satiate our sweet cravings! Did you know that rhubarb is a vegetable? This means the delicious strawberry rhubarb pie is a rare dessert that is a fine blend of a fruit and a vegetable. The uniqueness of this dessert definitely makes it worthwhile to have an entire day dedicated to celebrating it.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY
Every year on June 9, we recognize a delicious seasonal pie — strawberry rhubarb pie! This heavenly dessert is made with a tart vegetable, rhubarb, and a sweet fruit, strawberries.
Rhubarb is actually a perennial plant and is often grown in many home gardens. The harvest period for rhubarb begins in mid-May and goes on until early June. The rhubarb tends to take on the flavor of the other ingredients that it is paired with and it makes for a great addition to several recipes. However, although the stalks of rhubarb can be consumed, the leaves are toxic to humans. The stalks, on the other hand, are actually good for your overall health as they are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients.
The strawberry rhubarb pie is made with a strawberry and rhubarb filling and sometimes people also use tapioca. The dessert is prepared with a bottom pie crust and different styles for the upper crust. The strawberry rhubarb pie is a traditional dessert of the United States and belongs to New England cuisine.
You don’t need a special festival or holiday to enjoy this creation. This is a perfect addition to any meal and can be served for any occasion. This gives us more than enough reason to celebrate National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!
5 FACTS ABOUT STRAWBERRY AND RHUBARB THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW
Popular in different countries
Rhubarb pies are popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.
Rhubarbs are healthy
Rhubarbs are packed with calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber, and antioxidants.
Rhubarb as a medicine
Native to China, rhubarb was originally grown and traded as a medicine.
The strawberry is the only fruit whose seeds grow on the outside.
Strawberries aren’t berries
Since its seeds grow on the outside, strawberries aren’t technically berries and actually belong to the rose family.
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