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Rhubarbis now classified as a superfood for its ratio of health benefits to calories – only 7 calories per 100 grams. Savvy slimmers have also realized it actually speeds up the metabolism. High levels of calcium mean it is a fat-free alternative to dairy products which lowers cholesterol.

Although Rhubarb is usually considered a vegetable, for purposes of regulation in the U.S. since it is mostly used as a fruit. Rhubarb is incredibly versatile with many culinary uses. Try it in cakes and desserts, pastries, jams, pickles, conserves, sauces and, of course, wine. Remember, only the stalks are edible, don't eat the leaves or roots.For Centuries Rhubarb was used only as a Medicine.