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Rhubarb

Needing some spring - is it possible to buy fresh or even frozen rhubarb these days?

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  1. There is a stall in the St Lawrence Market that had great looking fresh rhubarb a few weeks ago, and might still be bringing it in, although the proprietress complained that nobody was buying it. It's on the ground floor, in the north east corner of the building.

    1. My super cheap green grocer at Jones and Danforth has had it for the past couple of weeks (at least twice that I've seen, I can't guarantee they have it daily). Nice long stalks with quite a bit of colour, not the anemic pink ones you get sometimes. So, it's spring somewhere I guess! I'll be making a pie while looking outside at early evening sun imagining it's warmer.

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      1. re: julesrules

        You want the rhubarb with lots of green and little red. That should be a variety called Vctoria. Lots of good rhubarb oomph.

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          Great thanks Vinnie, which stores carry that this time of year?

        2. re: julesrules

          Hi julesrules, which store are you referring to?

          1. re: foodyDudey

            It has a weird name I can never remember. It is on the north side of Danforth just barely east of Jones. Sounds like the ones at Carlaw might have it too. The place at Jones is relatively new, the people are nice and it's cheap and handy but not to much to recommend otherwise. They had lots of rhubarb yesterday, $1.99/lb, 3 long stalks to a package. When I cut into it it was white, flavour is ok, but pretty typical for the earliest rhubarb.

            1. re: julesrules

              Where do you think that rhubarb is from, it couldn't be from Ontario could it? Anyway I am just interested to know what the store is as I don't know of any green grocer right around there, but I'll have another look.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                I don't know where it's from, people have said forced/greenhouse but I don't know if that means local or down south somewhere. When I say 'earliest' rhubarb I am comparing it to the same thing from years previous - there is always some that shows up in stores before it could possibly be growing from Ontario outdoor soil. And it is always pink without any green in it. It's not the best but it's there.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I remember the store name now - Manke Fruits and Vegetables, 886 Danforth Ave.

          2. Fiesta Farms often has it quite early, from growers that force it in greenhouses. I haven't been there lately to see though.

            1. Metro [St Claire/Stockyards], NoFrills [Lansdowne and Dundas], vegetable guys on Roncesvalles, and veg. stores west of Bloor and Dundas [north side]--lots of rhubarb.

              1. Wait for the real deal. Frozen is pretty lifeless. Fresh, local rules with rhubarb.