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01/06/2013 at 18:42

We have wild rhubarb growing near our cottage which is in the country. Is it safe to cook then eat the stalks?

01/06/2013 at 19:04

Rhubarb is rhubarb wherever it's growing. As long as you're sure it's rhubarb. Though    can't think of anything that could be  mistaken for it.

01/06/2013 at 19:11

Great, thank you!

01/06/2013 at 21:08

Hogweed comes in a red stemmed version which could look like Rhubarb. Mind there is an easy way to tell, pull a stalk and smell it, nothing but Rhubabrb smells like Rhubarb.

02/06/2013 at 01:34

Rhubarb does not come in a 'wild' variety.  It is either something else and should be avoided or has grown from a thrown-out crown, maybe in an abandoned garden.

02/06/2013 at 21:37

Chucked out plants must be the origin of a lot of 'wild' plants

02/06/2013 at 21:46

I have known some people mistake burdock for rhubarb

it is edible, but it's not rhubarb.

02/06/2013 at 21:50

I can't imagine mistaking anything for rhubarb. You'd only need to scratch a stem and sniff.

02/06/2013 at 22:18

Ah, but I wasn't suggesting that you would mistake it Nut, but I have known it happen 

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