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Growing on the High Plains: Rhubarb

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Pucker up for this one, HPPR, because today's Growing on the High Plains stalks the basics of a vegetable (that's also a fruit) and tastes like nothing else on earth. That's right: I'm talking about rhubarb. While it's never flashed its pink tones in my own garden, it's a beloved summertime staple for many—but have something sweet on standby to mix into the recipe, or you're in for a tart surprise!

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.