Eating Stems

We read A Garden For Miss Mouse and then ate a few stems.

In the story Miss Mouse planted a few too many seeds and her garden grew out of control. So her friends came over to help with the harvest and make a big salad. All three of my children have declared this book a favorite around the age of five.

There are many plant parts that we eat; Roots, stems, flowers, leaves and seeds. Since we read this book in May when the rhubarb and asparagus were ripe, I wanted to talk about eating stems. Asparagus, broccoli, celery, and rhubarb all have eatable stems.

Rhubarb leaves are toxic, so we threw those away.

Then we peeled the rhubarb.

and sliced it into pieces.

Then boiled it with some water and raspberries into a sauce. It was pretty tart. I think most recipes call for a bit of sugar, but everyone really liked it.

Celery is a food we eat much more often than rhubarb. The kids love it with peanut butter and so do I.

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  1. Why did you feel the rhubarb? I have never heard of doing that before. I always sliced and either eaten raw or cooked til soft. Both ways with added sweetener.

    1. This was the first time I've cooked rhubarb. My neighbor, who has been cooking and growing rhubarb for years told me to peel and boil it, so that's what we did. - It definitely needs sweetener.:)


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