Rhubarb

Nom latin

LATIN NAME

Rheum officinale

Nom Vernaculaire

COMMON NAME

Rhubarb

Famille

FAMILY

Polygonaceae

Type

TYPE

Perennial plant

 Origine

ORIGIN

China, Siberia, Russia and Mongolia

Partie(s) de la plante utilisée(s)

PART OF THE PLANT USED

Rhizome, root

Rhubarb or Rheum officinale belongs to the Polygonaceae family. Nowadays the majority of rhubarbs come from China, Siberia, Mongolia and Russia. Earliest records date back to 2700 BC in China, where its roots were highly prized. The edible part of the rhubarb plant is the petiole or leafstalk, which is traditionally used to make jams. The most commonly used part of the plant is the root for its beneficial effects on intestinal function. Its antioxidant action also helps to protect against free radicals and to support the digestion and purification of the body. (All these actions are acknowledged when taken in a dose of 0.12g to 0.36 g).