Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Rhubarb, or how I hate Celery

Let me preface this by saying I hate Celery. It is a long held belief based more on childhood trauma than reason, so it is unlikely to change. I say that because Rhubarb has always been described to me as sweet celery. That is why I never had a strong desire to try Strawberry Rhubarb pie, or any other Rhubarb concoction. It is also the reason why we didn’t plant Rhubarb in the garden this year; we planted almost every other edible plant known to man. All of this Rhubarb hate might change. Two days ago I tried the Rhubarb gelato out of a desire to try something new. Everything else Capogiro offered that day I had had before, so I thought I would give it a try out of a sense of adventure and novelty. If I hated it so what at least I would have tried everything in the case. The little spoonful they offered me to taste was sweet, smooth and tart and not crunchy or stringy as my irrational mind had prepared me for. The taste convinced me to get more. I got a mini cone of Rhubarb and I was shocked that I liked it so much. The tartness was similar to a Raspberry or a Grapefruit. I know that doesn’t make much sense but that is what I was thinking while I was eating it. The sweetness was not a sticky syrupy sweet but a light sweet that instantly dissipates with the tart kick. It was so good, I would consider myself a newly minted fan of Rhubarb, and although I have yet to really try the vegetable in its raw form, if asked I would not mention celery in its description. I would just say it’s good and sometimes you just have to try it for yourself.

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