Posted on by Paula Gallagher
If you haven’t tried rhubarb, you need to. We are in the middle of rhubarb season, so it is a great time to try this unique, red-stalked vegetable.
Rhubarb is a vegetable that has many medicinal qualities. Research has found several compounds in rhubarb that have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as components that lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Among these beneficial compounds are anthraquinones, plant chemicals that seem to be particularly potent cancer agents. Emodin, the most abundant anthraquinone in rhubarb, has been shown to fight cancer in three ways; it inhibits cellular proliferation, induces cell death in cancer cells, and prevents metastasis (the spread of the disease). Plus, this rhubarb is also very high in antioxidants resveratrol, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are all important for eye heath.
If you have never cooked with rhubarb, it is very easy to prepare. Keep in mind that the redder the stalk, the more nutrient-dense it is. Chop away the green leafy parts (they are toxic), and clean the rhubarb by wiping it with a damp cloth. Pull the stringy parts away from the stalk and now you are ready to use it. It is especially tasty in pies and other baked goods. This muffin recipe is delicious and a great option for an after-school snack or a quick breakfast on-the-go.
- 1¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup rhubarb, diced
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup safflower oil
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients, and add the rhubarb.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs, oil and buttermilk.
Make a well in the dry mixture and add the wet mixture. Stir until just blended and fold in nuts. Do not over-mix. Fill muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes.
This is a great muffin to enjoy with a cup of green tea for an afternoon snack.
Makes 12 muffins.
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