Old-fashioned rhubarb types

Asked November 23, 2018, 3:52 PM EST

I want to identify the kind of rhubarb my family grew in the garden. This was when I lived in northern New Jersey, and in the approximate years 1950 through 1970s. The plant was rather short, less than 18" tall, I think. The stalks were thick and red. The leaves were dark green. The taste was very tart, with no natural sweetness. There are so many kinds of rhubarb today, that it's hard to find the one I knew. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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1 Response

We don't have any specific resources on heirloom rhubarb varieties. You may want to search the internet for some descriptions of cultivars that have been in the trade for many years. Victoria, Valentine, Canada Red are some examples.

There are a number of heirloom seed/plant companies with websites that specialize in heirloom cultivars. You may also want to contact the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah Iowa:

And check this site: