This sweet rhubarb originates from the regions along the Volga River in southern Siberia. Rhubarb is a large shrub-like plant with green-red or crimson stems and large, dark green leaves. It is a perennial plant that can stand the cold and can keep going for 5 to 10 years. Rhubarb can be harvested from March to July, when the stems are at their best. Regularly harvest the thickest stems, but always leave at least three stems
so that the plant can grow. Rhubarb can tolerate some shade. In many gardens it ends up in a lost corner or at the edge of a ditch, where it is quite happy to remain. For an early harvest, a sunny, warm position is preferred.