This herbaceous perennial produces large, dark green leaves atop of hearty, ruby stems. Leaves or 'greens' are crisp and have a strong tart taste when eaten fresh. Although the stalks are most popularly used in desserts, it is still considered a vegetable and can even be pickled. The most popular dish that uses Rhubarb is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, a popular American dessert.
Roots were used medicinally by the ancients as a natural laxative.