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Interesting rhubarb-trivia bits and pieces that unfold from funny rhubarb-stories. When you take this into consideration, it hardly remains just a pie-plant. More like a very interesting plant with an almost mysterious background.
There is so much to know about this sour vegetable. It really does have quite an extensive background and unique rhubarb-stories and rhubarb-humor associated with it.
So, we know you can dye an egg, dye hair or even make yourself a sweater with it. You can even use rhubarb fiber to make a nice homemade paper. You can also make a stepping-stone or a birdbath out of a rhubarb leaf.
But, did you also know...
A Bit of Cultural History
The word rhubarb comes from the Latin word "rhababarum" which means "root of the babarians."
The Romans labelled people who ate rhubarb "barbarians."
The Chinese were cultivating rhubarb as early as 2700 BC.
Ben Franklin saw that seeds
were sent in the late 1700's to the Quakers on the American East
Coast. (Thanks Ben!)
They called it the "Persian Apple" because it was thought to be an exotic fruit from somewhere in Asia.
The Russians took some rhubarb to Alaska in the 1800's because they thought it would protect the people from scurvy.
A Valuable Commodity
Over the 19th century, the tea and rhubarb market from China was flourishing.
Because of the reputation rhubarb had as possessing wonderful
medicinal qualities, it became quite desirable to have on hand.
As early as the mid 1500's, it was much more expensive than the cinnamon in France. By the mid 1600's, rhubarb was double the price of opium in England.
There is some documentation attesting to the fact, that if you had the misfortune of being imprisoned, a little rhubarb knowledge could be as good as a "get out of jail free" card.
Apparently, a few lucky people passed on their medicinal knowledge to the "higher-ups" and were released because of it.
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Rhubarb-Trivia Out of the Mouths of Babes Definition
"A KIND OF CELERY GONE BLOODSHOT"
I found this video that I thought was kind of cute. It's the song "Rhubarb Pie" sung by John-Fogerty of Creedence-Clearwater-Revival.
I wore out their albums in the 1970's, but it wasn't for songs about rhubarb back then.