Rhubarb Compote with Lemon and Sage

rhubarb sage tastefood

They say what grows together goes together and that certainly applies to this springtime compote. Green rhubarb stalks, flowering sage leaves and spring lemons comprised the latest bag of loot I came home with from the farmers’ market. The green rhubarb was stunning, it’s puckery astringency melding beautifully with bright citrus and, yes, sage leaves. Serve this compote straight as it is or add a drizzle of heavy cream. Vanilla ice cream wouldn’t be bad either.

Rhubarb Compote with Lemon and Sage

Serves – 2 to 3 (or never enough depending whom you ask)

1 1/2 pounds rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup sugar
2 to 3 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Finely grated lemon zest for garnish

Combine the rhubarb, sugar and sage in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar begins to dissolve. Cover and simmer over low heat until rhubarb softens, 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.. Remove from heat and discard the sage leaves. Stir in the lemon juice. Cool. Serve garnished with lemon zest.


8 responses to “Rhubarb Compote with Lemon and Sage

  1. The fragrance and flavors of early spring all captured in one recipe! I want a a big scoop with my yogurt!

  2. Oh, yes, yogurt too!


  3. An original combination! I’ve never paired rhubarb with sage…



  4. Rhubarb and sage, what an interesting combination . I love rhubarb , I will try it.

  5. Wow, this is a surprising combo and I bet it wakes up the tastebuds after the dull winter.. I am replanting my rhubarb this year, hopefully I get some stalks to cook as this looks quite amazing.. c

  6. I would never in a million years have thought to add sage to rhubarb – and now all I know is that I’ve got to try it. What a wonderful welcome mat for Spring.

  7. Here is a combo I NEVER would have thought of, but now that I see it here it all makes perfect sense.

  8. Reblogged this on Celebration Of Children and commented:
    Looking forward to garden season.