Rhubarb is a delicious vegetable (most people think it’s a fruit!) that can be enjoyed in many different ways. However, some people are unsure about whether or not it is safe to eat raw rhubarb. Let’s take a closer look at this question to see if we can clear things up.
Don’t Eat The Leaves!
The answer to this question is: it depends. Rhubarb leaves contain high levels of oxalic acid, which can be toxic in large quantities. However, the amount of oxalic acid in the stalks is relatively low and is not considered to be harmful. Therefore, it is technically safe to eat raw rhubarb, but only stalks (aka the stems).
You should not eat the leaves at all, whether raw or cooked. They have much more oxalic acid than the stalks and are not safe to eat, regardless of their preparation. While you shouldn’t eat rhubarb leaves in any quantity, they aren’t exactly deadly. Most people would have to eat pounds of them to put yourself in a serious position… but they still aren’t good for you and are not considered to be safe to eat.
That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you do choose to eat raw rhubarb. First of all, make sure to wash the stalks thoroughly before consuming them. Secondly, it is important to avoid eating the leaves of the plant, as they can cause stomach upset and other problems. Finally, keep in mind that raw rhubarb can be quite tart, so you may want to sweeten it with sugar or honey before eating it.
Stalks Are Safe
So, there you have it! It is safe to eat raw rhubarb stalks, but there are a few things you should keep in mind if you choose to do so. Remember to wash the stalks thoroughly and avoid eating the leaves of the plant. Also, keep in mind that raw rhubarb can be quite tart, so you may want to sweeten it before eating it. Enjoy!