Every spring the strawberry season is enriched by a slightly unrespectable plant – rhubarb.
This plant China people use for thousands of years because of its medicinal properties.
It is an herbaceous plant from Siberia, but it is also popular in many parts of Europe and North America.
Botanically, belongs to the Polygonaceae family.
It is not a demanding plant species and has a high resistance to low temperatures during winter.
Health benefits of rhubarb
This plant contains:
– Useful acids (apple acid, niacin – nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, folic acid)
– Mineral substances (calcium, magnesium, manganese), polyphenols
– Vitamin B and vitamin C
It works well on the digestive tract and has long been used as a laxative – natural remedy for constipation.
It also stimulates metabolism and is, therefore, the ideal food for people who want to lose extra pounds.
Recently, rhubarb has become a new hit among foods that prevent cancer development.
This is because it is rich in polyphenols – compounds that are known for their work against cancer cells.
It is interesting to note that the level of polyphenols in this plant is drastically increased if you bake it.
Therefore, it is precisely the roast rhubarb that folk medicine uses to fight cancer.
Why you need rhubarb
– Helps in weight loss treatments
– It is a powerful antioxidant
– It has anti-allergic properties
– Helps in digestion
– Also it has anti-inflammatory properties
– Helps regulate cholesterol levels
– Improves circulation and metabolism
– Prevents Alzheimer`s disease
– Improve your bones
– It is a natural remedy against constipation and diarrhea
– Boosts your brain health
– Keeps eye health
– It can treat diabetes
– Prevents cancer development
– Improves appetite
– Skin care
You can use only stalks of this plant in the diet, because the leaves are poisonous.
The stalk is slightly acidic and slightly resembling apples.
In addition, you can prepare from stalks, salads, soups, compote, especially in early spring when there are no other vegetables.
Also, you can prepare marmalade and jams, and use this plant in different sweet stuff.
Cleansed, washed and also dried stalks you can store in the freezer.
It is only necessary to wash this plant and also remove the leaves and the skin from the stalks.
Then cut into pieces, strain it, and immediately freeze it.
When buying, choose crispy and solid stalks that look fresh and release juice when you break the stalks.
Pink stems are the most popular among consumers.