Rhubarb! Oh man, this is a flavor I don't see too often, but I have no idea why. I absolutely love it! Why aren't there more strawberry rhubarb things in the foodie world? I've had Noosa yogurts before, so I have really high hopes for this one!
First here's a little rundown on Rhubarb since it's something a lot of people aren't familiar with it.
Rhubarb is a vegetable that looks very similar to celery, but instead of being green stalk-to-stem, the stalk-portion is a lovely mauve-y pink color. (Although there are hints of green here and there, they're usually not entirely pink.) It's a vegetable, which is a category of foods that's usually thought to be savory, but rhubarb has a bitter sour kind of taste. The flavoring is quite strong, so I very rarely see recipes using it on it's own, although there are some out there. Normally the vegetable is chopped up, baked with sugar, and paired with strawberries in jams, pies, and other delicious baked goods. It's something I had very very rarely as a child, but the happy and delicious memories have stuck with me. Every time I see rhubarb I can't help be think of happy spring time memories, so I grabbed this yoghurt the second I spotted it.
The packaging is simple, but very nicely put together. I've reviewed a Noosa yoghurt last fall, so I'll skip over the design discussion for now and get right to the review.
I peeled back the foil lid, and this could be the ugliest yogurt I've ever photographed. It almost looks like a moldy container of strawberry that I forgot in the fridge, but trust me, it's supposed to look like this. (Don't let that expiration date in the photos scare you, I photographed and wrote this a little while ago. Even though I don't think those dates are 100% accurate, still, no botulism for me.)
The yogurt smells tangy and a little cheesy, which is similar to the last Noosa flavor I reviewed, only this time there is a sweet and tangy aroma mixed in from the fruity additions. I took a bite, and it was delicious! As much as I hate buying the "fancier" yogurt brands (because I'm
cheapfrugal and I feel like they usually aren't worth the money) this one is truly a quality product. I haven't had any other yogurt like it.
The plain yogurt base is light and a little cheesy. Overall, the flavoring actually reminded me of an unsweetened cheesecake, and it felt very decadent and smooth for a yogurt. When you mixed that smooth and kind of cheesy yogurt with the fruit and veggie mixture, it was just wonderful. Everything is so well balanced! Creamy textures, sweet fruit and veggie fillings, with a hint of bitter tanginess, and a slightly savory hint of cheese. It's one of the best yogurts I've ever had. Worthy of it's fancy "Yoghurt" spelling.
Overall, the flavoring of this feels like some kind of fancy flavored cheesecake dessert, and I really enjoyed it. I normally stick to my Aldi yogurts, that cost less than a dollar, but this fancy yoghurt is truly something else. I haven't found anything else that compares to it's texture and quality. I'll be buying a few more containers of this flavor in the near future, and if any of you love strawberry flavored yogurt, you should really give this a try.
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