Yes, it is a vegetable! Although treated as a fruit and used mainly in sweet dishes, rhubarb comes from the same family as sorrel. Bright pink forced rhubarb can be available from as early as January, but the main crop signals the proper arrival of spring and adds a splash of colour to both sweet and savoury recipes.
Try serving with smoked mackerel in this spiced rhubarb salad recipe, keep things traditional with a pretty pink rhubarb crumble for pud or rhubarb cake for afternoon tea. For a way to enjoy rhubarb beyond spring, try making a batch of this sweet, tangy rhubarb and red onion relish to stash in the cupboard.