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Turkey Rhubarb
shopping: two varieties
Rheum palmatum

turkey rhubarb

plant overview
asian restorative

Turkey rhubarb is an Asian variety of rhubarb also commonly referred to as Chinese rhubarb, Indian Rhubarb and, in China, as da huang. Like other varieties of rhubarb, the large, leafy greens of the plant are avoided because they contain high levels of oxalic acid. The root, however, which contains several antioxidant compounds, is used to produce liquid tinctures and extracts. The powdered herb is taken in capsule form, or is used to make topical poultices to address minor skin irritations.

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Turkey rhubarb
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information on turkey rhubarb

description
Rheum palmatum is a member of the Polygonaceae family. The plant can grow a jointed stalk as high in stature as six to ten feet. The stalk will produce loosely branched clusters of flowers along the tips. They will bloom yellow or white and mature into a red color. The plant's jagged, hand-shaped leaves are rather large, growing in width of at least two to three feet.

The plant flowers from June to July, and the seeds ripen from July to September.

common names & nomenclature
The plant's common name rhubarb comes from the old French reubarbe, from a shortening of medieval Latin rheubarbarum, an alteration of rhabarbarum which means "foreign rhubarb," from Greek rha, which also means "rhubarb" + barbaros meaning "foreign."

Also known as:
chinese rhubarb, turkey rhubarb, indian rhubarb, da-huang, ta-huang, amla-vetasa

02.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting turkey rhubarb

climate
Turkey rhubarb grows in scrub and rocky places and by streams in sun to part sun. Also found in western and northern China on slopes and valleys at elevations of 1500 to 4400 meters.

soil
Prefers a deep, fertile, moderately heavy, humus rich, moisture retentive, well-drained soil.

growing
Divide turkey rhubarb plants in early spring or autumn. The rootstock can be divided up using a sharp spade or knife. When cutting, make sure that there is at least one growth bud on each division. Larger divisions can be planted out directly into their permanent locations. Turkey rhubarb can also be grown by seed.

harvesting
Turkey rhubarb roots are harvested in October. Plants should be at least six years old, once harvested they are then dried for later use.

preserving
Store dried turkey rhubarb root pieces and powdered turkey rhubarb root in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

03.
Where in the World
habitat and range for turkey rhubarb

Rheum Palmatum is native to the regions of western China, northern Tibet, and the Mongolian Plateau.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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