Strawberry Rhubarb Compote (and the Health Benefits of Rhubarb)

Du La

It’s rhubarb season, and if you’re lucky enough to grow a patch (or have a wonderful patient who brings you an armful), you might be looking for a good recipe.

My favourite is a super-simple and tasty Strawberry Rhubarb Compote. You only need 5 ingredients and around 15 minutes of time to make it.


  • Fresh organic Ontario-grown strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and chopped – 2 cups
  • Raw honey – one ¼ cup, and a second ⅓ cup
  • Fresh lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Ontario-grown rhubarb, rinsed and chopped – 3 cups
  • Water – 2 tbsp


  1. Add strawberries, ¼ cup honey and lemon juice in a small pan and stir.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until softened (about 3 minutes).
  3. Remove strawberries from liquid; place in a separate bowl and let cool.
  4. Set aside pan with strawberry liquid.
  5. In a different small pan, combine rhubarb, ⅓ cup honey and water.
  6. Simmer gently over low heat, stirring often, until rhubarb is almost tender (about 6 minutes).
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer rhubarb to the bowl with strawberries.
  8. Add strawberry liquid to rhubarb liquid pan. Raise heat to medium and simmer until thickened and reduced to ½  cup (about 10 minutes).
  9. Let cool and stir into strawberry-rhubarb mixture.

Enjoy with organic yogurt, hemp hearts and chia seeds for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack.

Not only does rhubarb have a lovely tart and tangy flavour, it also has many health benefits:

  • Rhubarb contains antioxidants, like lycopene and anthocyanin.
  • It can also help lower cholesterol, supporting heart health.
  • Rhubarb stalks are a good source of fiber, benefiting your digestive health.
  • Rhubarb contains vitamin K, an essential vitamin that helps with blood clotting, protecting the bones and preventing liver and prostate cancer.
  • Rhubarb is also a good source of vitamin C, which is great for a healthy immune system.

Du La, ND, Acupuncturist



Posted: 2014 July 9