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Rhubarb Compote with Honey, Maple Syrup, and Tarragon

Wandering the garden shortly after dawn with the chickens is perhaps an unusual way to start the weekend in suburbia and one that might receive some grumblings at that, but for me it’s heaven. It’s also a way to peruse the breakfast buffet. Hmm, I think I’ll choose some rhubarb. The chickens choose the leaf hoppers escaping off the rhubarb. We’re all happy.


On the way inside, I eye the tarragon that overwintered in a pot by the door. Wouldn’t that be a nice combination? The tart from the rhubarb and delicate anise-like flavor of the tarragon in a naturally sweetened compote. Rhubarb is our only local “fruit” this time of year and will be perfect over our homemade breakfasts of yogurt, pancakes, or waffles.


Rhubarb Compote with Honey, Maple Syrup, and Tarragon
  • Rhubarb stems, cut into 1/2-1″ slices, enough to fill a medium saucepan approximately 3/4 full
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey (or more to taste)
  • tarragon sprig (Optional)

Add the rhubarb and maple syrup to a medium saucepan.


Bring rhubarb and maple syrup to a gentle simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey and tarragon.


Allow to the compote to stand until just warm and serve over pancakes, waffles, or ice-cream or cool completely and serve over yogurt or spread on toast like jam. Store unused compote in the refrigerator. It will thicken when cooled. Remove tarragon sprig before serving.


Rhubarb Crisp with Honey and Maple Syrup

Our rhubarb is ready for harvest! What an easy going plant. It asks for nothing and gives so much. The tart of the rhubarb balances beautifully with the local sweeteners.

Honey-Maple Syrup Rhubarb Crisp

  • 4 cups Rhubarb, cut into 1/2″ slices (Rhubarb is part of the nightshade family of plants and as thus the leaves are toxic and should be discarded.  Only use the stems!)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup (or honey)
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Outs
  • 1/4 cup butter (you can use olive oil instead)
  • 1/2 cup honey (you can use brown sugar if you prefer the crystalline structure the cane sugar provides)

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the rhubarb, maple syrup, and corn starch in a 8×8 square pan. In a separate dish, cut the butter into the flour and oats. Gently mix in the honey. Place mixture on top of the rhubarb. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm and even à la mode!


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