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July 31, 2016


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What an interesting idea. It would have never occurred to me to use rhubarb in a savory dish. As for fresh cranberry beans, alas, they are MIA in these parts. Used to see them once in a while...


I agree with Frank, I've never thought of rhubarb as a savory option. Cranberry beans are among my favorite. Lovely dish.


You are such an original Simona; now I've got to think of a Hawaiian type substitute for rhubarb in this dish. Maybe starfruits? Good review and inspiring food.

Simona Carini

I wonder if it is a case of farmers not offering a product for which they think there is no market and consumers not learning about that product because they don't see it offered. Maybe you can ask some farmers.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Debra. I am planning to experiment some more with rhubarb.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Claudia. I read that there are sweet and tart varieties of starfruit, so I would choose a tart one and see what happens. Let me know if you try.

Deb in Hawaii

I love berbere and it pairs with beans so well. The savory rhubarb is so creative too. I would happily tuck into both for dinner!

Simon and Maud were favorites for me in the book. ;-)

Delaware Girl Eats

Hi Simona -- like you, I enjoy beans of all sorts so this was a very interesting dish. Plus it includes rhubarb which for us is only in season in the spring - otherwise it can't be gotten. Always something new to try -- cathy

Simona Carini

I do too, Deb, and am trying to use it in new ways.

Simona Carini

I didn't realize rhubarb had such a short season there. Our locally grown rhubarb starts later, but it lasts for a while. I tried growing it once a few years ago, but was not successful: it's a pretty plant.

Tina Culbertson

I grew up eating rhubarb and I love it. We had it in pies and stewed to eat on it's own. My southern husband had never tried it before meeting me and he is definitely not a fan! The cranberry beans are so pretty - I don't think I've ever seen those before.

Amy | Amy's Cooking Adventures

Great recipe! I love the idea of rhubarb as a savory element!

Simona Carini

I have never tried stewed rhubarb: thank you for the suggestion! Fresh borlotti are common in Italy but not here, which is a pity. I am lucky where I live I can find fresh beans of various kinds. Maybe if people start asking farmers they will think about it.

Simona Carini

Thank you Amy!

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