Project Profile
  • Rhubarb is a perennial plant that grows from thick short rhizomes, comprising the genus Rheum. The large, somewhat triangular leaf blades are elevated on long, fleshy petioles. The flowers are small, greenish-white, and borne in large compound leafy inflorescences. 
  • The technical name of the genus (Rheum) is said to be derived from Rha, the ancient name of the Volga, on whose banks the plants grow. There were those who called it Rha Ponticum, and others Rheum or Rha-barbarum. Others derive the name from the Greek rheo ('to flow'), in allusion to the purgative properties of the root. 
  • Rhubarb is an important traditional chinese herbal medicine widely used in traditional chinese medicine for thousands of years, and has recently been developed for the treatment of acute and emergency disease. Studies on the functions of rhubarb in modern medical research both in clinical and basic science settings have revealed that rhubarb has multiple effects including defervescence, antibacterial properties
  • The United Kingdom market for organic fruit and vegetables was valued at about UK£165 million in 1999  although it is likely that it was significantly higher than this at the end of 2000. Regardless of market size, fruit and vegetables are the largest sub-group within the total organic food sector, presently accounting for about 40 percent of the total United Kingdom organic food and drink market.
  • British Columbia has the largest proportion of land devoted to organic fruit and vegetable production. In British Columbia, 8.7% of total vegetable area and 3.2% of fruit area is organic, compared to just 1.5% of vegetable area and 1.6% of fruit in Ontario. Organic farms tend to be smaller than conventional operations, with the majority less than five acres. However, a trend toward larger organic farms has developed over the last four years.
  • A rhubarb crown can cost $2.50 to $6.00, depending on the variety, quantity purchased and supplier. The crown will begin contributing toward the cost of its purchase the year after it is planted. Producers with market outlets will capture nearly the entire selling price in returns to land, labor and management after the initial year of establishment. Well-managed rhubarb could easily return a gross profit of $8.00 to $20.00 per crown per year.
General Information
  • Rhubarb General Information
  • Rheum rhabarbarum
  • Rhubarb History
  • Varieties Of Rhubarb
  • Resident Rhubarb Expert

Growth and Cultivation

  • Rhubarb Growing
  • Growing Rhubarb in the Home Garden
  • Cultivation Information
  • Planting Information
  • Rhubarb Propagation
  • Rhubarb Cultivation
  • Growing Asparagus & Rhubarb
  • Rhubarb Knol Farm Cultivation

Growers and Nurseries

  • Alfarid Corporation
  • Corn Hill Nursery
  • V. Kraus Nurseries Limited
  • Krieger's Wholesale Nursery, Inc
  • E. Oldroyd & Sons Ltd
  • The Plantsmen Nursery
  • Rambo Nurseries
  • Washington Rhubarb Growers Association

Production and Management

  • Rhubarb Production in Alberta
  • Growing rhubarb in Western Australia 

  • Rhubarb Production in California
  • Chilean rhubarb - Biology, Ecology and Conservation Impacts in New Zealand
  • Growing Rhubarb in Montana 

  • Rhubarb Crop Management
  • Pest Plant Management 
  • Weed and Pest Management
  • Pest Control

Applications and  Products Data Sheet

  • Medicinal and Other Uses 
  • Effect of Rhubarb on Heat Shock Protein 70 Expression in Lung Tissues
  • Uses of Rhubarb
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Fragrance Oil
  • Rhubarb Product List
  • Rhubarb Fluid Extract
  • Rhubarb & Custard
  • Rhubarb Root


  • The Rhubarb Compendium
  • Guide to Pest Management
  • Fruit and Vegetable Market News Users Guide

Analysis and Standards

  • Analysis of Rhubarb by Liquid Chromatography
  • The Organic Acids of Rhubarb
  • United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Rhubarb 

  • Rhubarb UNECE Standard
  • Rhubarb Toxic Effects
  • Chemical Composition of Rhubarb
  • Effect of fungicides on Ramularia leaf and stalk spot of rhubarb 


  • Herbal Composition and Method for Controlling Body Weight and Composition
  • Chinese Medicinal Composition
  • Burn Treatment Compositions Containing Herbal Mix
  • Hair Coloring Method and Composition
  • Odontostomatological Use of Plant Compounds Based on Rhubarb roots
  • Compositions for Darkening the Skin and/or Hair

Market and Report

  • Agriculture Market Report
  • Commodity Highlight: Rhubarb
  • Rhubarb - Market Outlook
  • Organic Fruit and Vegetable Production in Canada
  • Medicinal Plants & Extracts- Market News
  • The fruit and vegetable market in Switzerland
  • UK Market Information
  • Agricultural Business Profile on Rhubarb
  • Crop Specific Protocol
  • Rhubarb root
  • GardenAction Mini-Project: Growing Rhubarb

Suppliers and Buyers

  • Direct Gardening 
  • Retail shop
  • Gallovidian Fresh Foods
  • Rhubarb Suppliers
  • Mother Herbs (P) Ltd
  • Qingdao Dacon Trading Co.,Ltd
  • S.S. Herbals
  • Strawberry Tyme Farms Inc
  • Rhubarb Distributors
  • Rhubarb Wholesalers
  • Rhubarb garden buyers