My rhubarb is loving all this warm rain. Rhubarb is a great plant to have in the garden as it flourishes all year round (well in Melbourne, Australia at least). It is a gentle cousin of Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus which has a strong laxative action), with a much milder laxative effect. It makes a lovely gentle remedy (when stewed) for children, convalescence and the elderly. Rhubarb is a great source of dietary fibre, contains as much calcium as milk without the congestive and inflammatory effects and each serve contains about half the daily requirement of vitamin K for healthy bones. It also contains immune boosting vitamins A & C, nearly all the B vitamins except b1 and b12, as well as manganese, iron, potassium, and phosphorous.
Caution: Please always be mindful that the leaves are poisonous and must be discarded before cooking the stalks. Also if you prone to kidney stones, avoid or only eat small quantities judiciously due to the high oxalic acid content.