This was my first time trying rhubarb! I’m so grateful that this project has opened my eyes (and taste buds) to delicious new and unanticipated flavors. This recipe is from the niche cookbook, What Real Alaskans Eat: Not Your Ordinary Cookbook (an affiliated link), which has been super helpful for me in finding authentic Alaskan recipes. According to the cookbook, rhubarb is a common backyard garden crop in Alaska during summer months along with zucchini. So many Alaskan recipes feature this pink and iridescent tart treat.
I like many desserts, but this one is particularly flavorful and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of berry crumbles with a slightly sweet and sour flavor.
This recipe is inspired by lil krutooñ di pwer, or the Saskatoon crumble. It’s a dessert from the Métis Nation, which is a group of the descendants of the Cree and the early French settlers and explorers.
I found the link to this Métis cookbook just in time before it was time to move on to Australia. The recipe is on page 76.