The Danger of Rhubarb

The stems of a rhubarb plant are treated as fruits in the kitchen – similar to celery stalks – even though they are simply herbaceous perennials.

However, rhubarb leaves are poisonous, and as they resemble spinach, they are always cut off the stem and sent straight to the trash.  Humans have been poisoned after ingesting the leaves. This actually became a particular problem during the first World War when the leaves were mistakenly recommended as a food source in Britain.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s