Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm

The history of rhubarb: medicinal uses, recipes and why owning it in Russia once meant a warrant for your death

  • According to Chinese legend, ‘Divine Farmer’ Shen Nong noted that rhubarb could be used to cure diarrhoea as early as 2800BC
  • It became a highly sought-after and prohibitively expensive medicine in Europe, up to 10 times as expensive as cinnamon and four times as expensive as saffron

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
Rhubarb is now widely known as a tasty pie filling but it has been around much longer as a medicine than it has been enjoyed as a dessert. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
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