Why is my rhubarb crumble bitter?

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Gravadlax

Why is my rhubarb crumble bitter?

Why is it that when I make a rhubarb crumble I get a slightly bitter aftertaste when eating the finished crumble? I cook the rhubarb with sugar before I assemble the dish and the crumble ingredients are so simple - anybody have a similar experience?

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Welshcookie

Rhubarb

One of the reasons I don't like rhubarb much. Sour enough to take the enamel off your teeth!

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Queen of Puds

Why is my rhubarb crumble bitter?

Unsure. If it is early season spring rhubarb then it should be fine without peeling. If bigger, or from a supermarket, do you peel it (I would)? Are you cutting off absolutely the whole of the leaf (the leaves aren't edible, as you'll know). Ditto the base of the stem? If home grown, have you left the stems to get too big? I like it best when it is quite young, narrow as your finger & still pink. I won't eat it once it has got much bigger than a pound coin in diameter. I never add water to rhubarb, I just microwave with sugar alone, or orange jelly cubes alone.
And if you cook it with a little angelica (crystallised or the fresh stem) it will mostly stop that weird thing it does to your teeth.

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Honey

Rhubarb Crumble

We have so much rhubarb, we can't eat it fast enough and if I pulled it all while it was small and put in the freezer, we would be swamped and so I'm afraid ours does get bigger. I forced ours for the first time this year and had a lovely early (young) crop and it's is definitely better when it's young.

But one thing I do with my rhubarb crumble is to add some strawberries and this seems to sweeten them naturally (so add less sugar) and it's not at all bitter.

 
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