Wash the rhubarb. Trim both ends off each stalk, then cut across into ½-inch (1.2-cm) pieces. Place the rhubarb pieces in a saucepan together with the water and sugar. Cook over medium heat just until the rhubarb falls apart.
Place a strainer over a second saucepan. Strain the rhubarb mixture into the pan, pressing hard on the contents of the strainer with the