Rhubarb and banana jam

Eons ago when I was hosted by a very nice German family and for breakfast I used to eat this awesome rhubarb and banana jam that I loved. I don’t remember the taste anymore because, as I said, it was eons ago ca. 1998, I only remember I loved it.
Rhubarb is not a very popular ingredient in Italy and my mom hates it anyway, so no more rhubarb jam for me  after I got back from Germany. But in the US rhubarb is much more common. And just yesterday I saw 2 or 3 recipes using rhubarb. So I decided to go on line and look for a recipe.

After a bit of scouting I discovered that the recipe is actually really easy and that I had to make a decision on the quantity of sugar I wanted in my jam and whether I wanted to precook the rhubarb or not. I drew on my general jam knowledge and decided not to precook the rhubarb and to use a ratio of 1:2 sugar to rhubarb.

Rhubarb and banana jam

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 3 small jars

Rhubarb and banana jam


  • 1lb rhubarb cleaned
  • 1/2lb sugar
  • 1 banana


  1. First I cleaned and cut the rhubarb in slices. Then I weighted the rhubarb and put it in a bowl. I added half the weight of the rhubarb in sugar (in my case it was 1lb rhubarb and 1/2 lb sugar) to the bowl and mixed it to the rhubarb. I let the rhubarb macerate with the sugar for about 4-5 hours (you can also do it overnight) and then I transfered everything to a pot.
  2. I cooked the rhubarb and the sugar for about 20 minutes and when the rhubarb started falling apart, I added 1 sliced banana. I let cook for another couple of minutes and then transfered to my vases. My 1lb rhubarb, filled about 3 8oz.
  3. I did not sterilize the vases afterwards, as I believe I will be eating the jam relatively soon and there should be enough sugar in to preserve the jam for a reasonably long time.
  4. I tried the jam and it is great! Not sure it is like the one I ate in Germany, because as I said I don't remember how it tasted like, but it is good! I think it will be actually eaten fast!

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21 Responses to Rhubarb and banana jam

  1. Food Frenzy says:

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  3. Okay, so you got me back – now I’m running to the store! 🙂 This is so unique and wonderful sounding – I make a lot of jam but never with banana!

  4. This sounds wonderful! I have never had banana and rhubarb paired together but it sounds delicious! I need to try this combo!

  5. Daniela says:

    E’ deliziosa questa marmellata, una grande idea. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  6. stefania says:

    ciao 🙂

  7. Adoro le marmellate fatte in casa e la tua è davvero particolare, bravissima!
    Un abbraccio!

  8. Dara says:

    I have never made jam before. You make it look so simple and tasty! I love rhubarb, but don’t have many recipe ideas. This is great.

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  11. Katherine says:

    Oh Yum! I love rhubarb but have never had it in combination with banana! Still waiting for it to come into season in Israel… Great choice for YBR.

  12. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I have never had rhubarb but since everyone is talking about it, I'm very very curious!

  13. Spicie Foodie says:

    I've never heard of this jam before, thanks for the introduction. It sounds like a great jam flavor to try. Thanks for participating in this month’s YBR 🙂

  14. All That's Left Are The Crumbs says:

    I would never have thought of this combination but it bet it tastes great. I am another who keeps collecting recipes to try rhubarb but keeps forgetting a the market.

  15. Sandra says:

    What a lovely recipe, I keep writing that I need to try rhubarb and never do! This is really good!!

  16. Angie's Recipes says:

    A great rhubarb jam recipe! I like that you added banana in it.

  17. Pola says:

    @ Manu: cleaning rhubarb is like cleaning celery except you don't want any of the leaves. The flavor is very bitter until you add the sugar, then flavor is more aromatic with a bit of acidity and not so much bitter anymore.

  18. Manu says:

    I have never eaten rhubarb… I have never even seen it in Italy. Now I see it often at the shops, but I never know what to make with it… I don't even know how to "clean" it!!! This recipe though sounds delicious!

  19. Diethood.com says:

    This sounds yummy, and I get to add the recipe to my other rhubarb recipes! Thank you, Pola!!

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