AK: Rhubarb Renaissance

Photo by Ellen Lockyer. Carol Kenley and Bruce Bush examine a rhubarb stalk freshly pulled from their rhubarb patch in Palmer.
Photo by Ellen Lockyer. Carol Kenley's rhubarb patch in Palmer.

The humble vegetable is undergoing something of a Renaissance, with studies on its health benefits, export possibilities and plans for commercial production of rhubarb juice in the works.  The hardy plant, sometimes used as ornamentation in landscaped gardens, supplies us with juicy pie fillings and other dessert fare.  Ellen Lockyer, who’s a big fan of rhubarb, brings us this look at the dramatic, leafy plant, which some people think will be the next big thing.

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