Rhubarb was recently mentioned (I have 3 plants) and I learned some things today about this plant. First off is it a vegetable or fruit. One would think its like Chard or celery but it is not related to either of those. It is a petiole and related to sorrel and buckwheat and is definitely a vegetable. However, in 1947 (a big year for lots of big issues – including my being hatched) the U.S. Customs Court of New York declared it to be a fruit (the ruling was based on not what it is but how it is used). Another possible myth is that its leaves are poisonous (they’re loaded with oxalic acid) but don’t tell that to the deer around here because they eat the leaves down to the stalk (I have a garlic based spray that really works). BTW Washington, with a whole 275 acres, is the Rhubarb capital of the U.S.