Rhubarb

Nicknamed the "pie plant" for its primary use in pies, Rhubarb is in actually an ancient medicinal plant native to the cold climates of Siberia, Tibet, Mongolia and Western China. Marco Polo brought the Rhubarb to Europe when he travelled to China. In Europe, Rhubarb was highly valued for medicinal purposes. It finally made its way to America when a farmer in Maine acquired Rhubarb seeds from Europe in the eighteenth century. Rhubarb large leaves and red or reddish green stalks. Although the leaves are toxic, various parts of the plants have medicinal and culinary uses. Rhubarb roots have bee..

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