Rhubarb Hand Pies
I have never been one to enjoy a lot of sweet flavored things. My taste buds lean toward a more savory flavor. However, like everyone else, I do occasionally appreciate a desert of some sort. As a child growing up in the UK, rhubarb and custard was one of my favorite desserts. While I still love the flavor of rhubarb, I can easily pass on the custard. Hence, I am officially delving into the world of hand pies. Needless to say, my first venture was these rhubarb hand pies.
Picking your Rhubarb
The most important thing with these hand pies is to make sure you begin with good rhubarb. I prefer fresh over frozen as this allows me to select the stalks I want, and you can never get better than fresh. When choosing fresh rhubarb opt for the rhubarb with thinner and redder stalks as these are typically the sweetest. That being said, rhubarb has a very tart flavor. In this recipe we have prepared the rhubarb with the addition of half a cup of sugar to sweeten it up a bit.
Why Eat Rhubarb
Most people are surprised to learn that rhubarb contains a host of nutritional benefits. Rhubarb is chock full of minerals and vitamins. They contain dietary fiber, vitamin C and K, protein, calcium and potassium. Rhubarb is also a rich source of beta-carotene and lutein.
Health Benefits of Rhubarb
Rhubarb is low in fat and cholesterol. Due to the presence of dietary fiber, rhubarb can help increase levels of good cholesterol and aid in keeping our digestive system working in perfect balance. Full of beneficial anti-oxidants, rhubarb help fight free radicals. Vitamin K has a role in brain health and could help prevent or delay Alzheimerís disease.
These are just a few important reasons to incorporate more rhubarb in your diet. But if you need more rhubarb helps to stimulate bone growth and repair. It is also reputed to help ward off cancer and macular degeneration. It improves blood circulation, helps prevent and control diabetes, are good for our vision and helps reduce the occurrence of hot flashes during pre-menopause.