It's not just classic crumble that rhubarb is destined for. It's delicious in drinks, soups, cakes and, surprisingly, even chicken

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Image: What's in season: Rhubarb

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Rhubarb has rolled back round into season, which means it must be time for a crumble-sized celebration. Hurrah!

 

Just to confuse us, there are actually two types of rhubarb: forced (watermelon pink with pale green leaves), which is on the scene from late February to April, and outdoor rhubarb (coarser stalks tinged with green), which is harvested from April to July.

 

Fancy picking some up on your weekly shop? If so, remember size doesn't matter but looks do: go for firm stalks and avoid split ends, then store in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to a week.

 

Rhubarb goes nicely with ginger, cinnamon and vanilla but also shines in savoury dishes with oily fish, like mackerel or herring. It's fab in ice cream, cakes, soup and even with chicken – but don't just take our word for it. There's a recipe here for every eventuality

 

1. Rhubarb mojito

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The perfect refreshing drink, so you can pretend it's summer. If you're going without alcohol, just swap your rum for lemonade, then sit back and marvel at your homemade creation.

 

2. Rhubarb upside-down cake

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This magical upside-down cake has spring written all over it. Honey, lemon, strawberries and rhubarb join forces for gooey, upside-down deliciousness. 

 

3. Rhubarb and strawberry pie ice-cream

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Even the name sounds wonderful, especially if it comes just after the words, "Here is your…". Somebody please make this pronto.

 

4. Rhubarb soup

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This beautiful soup can be served warm or chilled, either as a first course or as an amuse-bouche. This recipe even suggests serving with a few roasted grapes thrown on the top, which frankly deserves a standing ovation from your guests.

 

5. Rhubarb pie

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Ain't nothin' better than a good old-fashioned pie. The trick is figuring out how to thicken the filling, but once you've nailed that, this will be a real show-stopper.

 

6. Rhubarb tart

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Sometimes simple is the best. Flour, butter, sugar, rhubarb, a dash of water and a pinch of salt, and you've got yourself a cracking spring tart.

 

7. Rhubarb drop scones

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Everything about drop scones sounds classy, even though it's basically just about throwing some dough on to a baking tray. These aren't too sweet, but you can easily change that by sprinkling them with icing sugar once they're baked and cooled.

8. Roast chicken with rhubarb

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Bored of the usual roast chicken dinner? Give it a twist with rhubarb poached in orange and fresh ginger. Tastes as good as it looks.

 

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