The second rhubarb recipe which Michelle shared in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club is a drink.
This Rhubarb Soda is a good summer thirst quencher.
Rhubarb has a long history of herbal usage. The primary result of rhubarb root as a herbal medicine is a positive and balancing effect upon the digestive system. Rhubarb is one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine. Rhubarb roots are harvested in the fall from plants that are at least six years old. The roots are then dried for later use. The root is used as an anticholesterolemic, antiseptic, antipasmodic, antitumor, aperient, astringent, cholagogue, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, purgative, stomachic and tonic. Rhubarb roots contain anthraquinones which have a purgative effect and the tannins and bitters have an effect that is opposite that of an astringent.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups organic cane sugar
- 2 cups chopped rhubarb
- sparkling or fizzy water
- rhubarb syrup
- ice cubes