History: Zack's grandma Barbara-Anne grew this variety on her homestead near Poplar Hill. It has been enjoyed throughout the generations in a multitude of crisps, jams, tarts, sauces, and pies (see one of Jade's pies in the pictures!).
Why We Grow It: Rhubarb is nutritious, incredibly easy to grow, and sports a showy bloom appreciated by both pollinators and humans. This perennial vegetable creates a lush, delicious ground cover and can be used to make a variety of delicious dishes.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 3
Soil Preference: Prefers loam but adaptable to a variety of soils
Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Unknown, likely fairly hardy and disease resistant
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade (approx. 6-10 hours of sun daily)
Bloom Colour: White
Ripens: May to early July
Storage:Keeps up to three weeks in the fridge
Recommended Use: Cooking, baking, jam, sauce
Size: 2 rhubarb crowns
A note on the "Grandma" Series: Inspired by Ken's 'Grandma Ethel Black currant', we decided to curate our own repertoire of family favourites! Check out our tried-n-true gooseberries and raspberries in addition to the currants and rhubarb.