You might find it strange that I cannot find rhubarbs here in Italy. The only time I got to cook with them was in France with a friend when she made an incredible rhubarb pie. Sigh, I still dream about it. From then on, rhubarbs are in my top list to watch out for whenever I am traveling around the country and find myself in a market but it's just like how it is from day one. I leave the markets empty-handed and crestfallen. Until. You will never guess where I found fresh rhubarbs and nothing can be fresher than the ones I got too. I found them in a plant shop. Yes, I got myself a plant and a small one at that, so I had to wait for a long time for my rhubarb plant to grow until the stalks are already acceptably long enough to cut. They only had tinges of bright pink, not as pink as they should be (I think it's because they were still too little) but I had been waiting patiently for so long for the plant to grow.
My first batch of stalks were not enough to make a pie so I used them instead to make rhubarb syrup which I poured in glasses with loads of ice. You know what I got? One of the best tasting drinks I've ever had. I was only able to make two glasses which I shared with my husband and son (daughter prefers water, better!). It made a hit in my house alright with its tart and sweet combination so refreshing in an ice-cold drink. It may not be the right season right now to be speaking about it but do set aside some when the season arrives. I still continue to look for them here and if your area has loads of them in the markets, think about how envious I would be. Make a glass or two of one of my favorite drinks and let me know if you enjoyed it. Enjoy your Sunday!
Take note of my Rhubarb Iced Tea recipe that I created for Skinny Ms. Enjoy and stay healthy with natural ingredients!