This homemade rhubarb syrup requires 3 simple ingredients and is delicious when added on top of yogurt, in beverages or drizzled over ice cream. Simmer down longer if you desire a thicker syrup.
It is nearly impossible for me to bring rhubarb into the house without thinking of my mom. As a young kid, I thought my mom was clearly crazy because she loved that “weed” that grew along the west side of our acreage. She would send us out there to pick stalks for her so she could make rhubarb bread.
We were always confused with her excitement – after all, it looked like an overgrown weed.
30 years later, I have come to undersatnd the craze behind rhubarb. I love it and can’t get enough of it.
Problem is, here in Arizona, rhubarb isn’t quite as abundant. Although rhubarb can grow in Arizona in the right conditions, it doesn’t quite prosper as easily as it does up in the north. It must be planted in the right spot, with friendly soil and an abundance of water – and even then it’s not guaranteed to prosper.
I’m determined though – I’ll be planting a few rhubarb plants this fall (September/October timeframe) in hopes that I can make it work, despite the weather conditions. If anything, I’m hoping that I can have an abundance of it next year to make even more rhubarb recipes.
I have fond memories of my British mother making rhubarb pie, rhubarb bread and rhubarb syrup quite often and I’d love to be able to do the same.
Until then, I’ll visit the supermarket to find rhubarb to make my favorite recipes – mostly, rhubarb syrup. Yum – it’s truly my favorite way to use up rhubarb.
Homemade Rhubarb Syrup
This pinkish-red Rhubarb Syrup cooks down on the stove quite easily with just three simple ingredients. Not only does it smell incredible, the natural color is absolutely to-die-for. Once it cools, the syrup is perfect to drizzle on top of fresh, homemade yogurt, or ice cream.
You can also use it to flavor water or your favorite cocktail for a summer twist. If you prefer a thicker syrup, you will want to simmer it down a little further.
If anything, it’s just a simple and gorgeous way to celebrate everything that summer has to offer.