Sharon Johnson of Columbia, S.C., is a passionate gardener, a point that is made obvious by the fact that she lives on a small lot, full of concrete pads, yet she has found a way to have a beautiful garden full of flowers, fruits, vegetable and herbs. Some are in containers, some are not. Her blog will document the adventures of gardening in pots, fending off deer and small animals and the trials of organic gardening.
 

 

A Taste of Rhubarb
by Sharon Johnson - posted 11/04/12

Rhubarb…as a GRIT (Girl raised in the South), I was never introduced to the flavor of rhubarb until I started selling party food through a company that offered strawberry rhubarb jam…the first time I sampled that jam, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven…it’s right up there with muscadine jam like my Mom makes!  Rhubarb has been around for ages, literally, with references to its presence being found in ancient Chinese text.  It arrived in America the 1800s and has thrived in the northern parts of the country.

My friends from New York teased me about my obsession with rhubarb, but I was determined to grow it here, in filtered sunlight, in a relatively moist area with lots of humus…after all, this plant is deer-proof, right?  Well, city deer strike again and no, rhubarb is NOT deer proof…apparently southern deer think just like I do and cannot leave the stuff alone.  It started with one leaf missing…then a week later; the entire plant disappeared amidst the telltale signs of not-so-tiny cloven hooves.

My friend then took pity on me and when her family came down from New York, bless their hearts forever, they brought me the last of their rhubarb harvest for the season! My oh my…what to do with this glorious vegetable!  I then remembered a cookbook I bought a few months ago, The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle.  This book contains all your favorite southern recipes, with a healthy twist!  You can find it here:  http://www.statebystategardening.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=53&products_id=927

In this book, I found the perfect recipe: Rhubarb and Strawberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuit Crust!  It was so divine, I made it twice!  Thank goodness for good friends and their generous families! 

 

 

 

 

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