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bowl of stewed rhubarb with a spoon in it and herbs on the side.

Stewed Rhubarb and Apples

Stewed rhubarb and apples: an easy-to-make, tart, and sweet dessert perfect for the season. Serve it with vanilla ice cream, vanilla sauce, or custard.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, German
Diet Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 230kcal
Author Adina


  • Large pot


  • 800 g rhubarb 1.7 lb
  • 200 g granulated sugar 7 oz/ 1 cup, Note 1
  • 800 g apples 1.7 lb, Note 2
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Rhubarb: Wash and chop the rhubarb stalks. Place them in a large bowl, add the sugar and mix well. Let it sit for one hour until a syrup forms at the bottom of the bowl. Stir a couple of times during this time.
  • Apples: Peel and core the apples. Cut them into small pieces.
  • Combine: Place the rhubarb and all the released liquid, apples, vanilla extract, and lemon juice in a large pot. Stir well to combine.
  • Cook: Bring to a boil and turn down the heat. Place a lid on top but leave a crack open. Simmer for 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat until the rhubarb breaks down, and the apple pieces are softer. Remove the lid during the last 2-3 minutes of the cooking time.


  1. You can add more sugar at the end if you like the dessert to be sweeter. However, I find it perfect as it is.
  2. About 4-5 medium apples.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg