What Is Kohlrabi? All About It - How to Grow Kohlrabi and How to Prepare Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi is an Unusual Vegetable and Well Worth Trying if You Haven't Done so Already
Most people have probably seen kholrabi on sale at their local vegetable shop or market, but many people have not actually tried it, so I'll tell you a bit about it. I first tried it myself when I was about ten years old, and lived in Zambia, central Africa, where my mother used to grow it in our garden.
Kohlrabi belongs to the Brassica family. This means it's related to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, although it doesn't look like any of them. It is a pale green, bulbous vegetable, and has two edible parts - the bulbous Kohlrabi itself, and the green Kohlrabi leaves.
What do you do with Kholrabi?
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH KOHLRABI?
- You can eat kohlrabi raw, for instance sliced thinly and put in a salad, or grated
- You can roast it like parsnip or roast potatoes
- You can stew it
- You can steam it
- You can boil it
- You can stir fry it
- You can curry it
Kohlrabi Showing Leaves
The word "kohlrabi" comes from the German word "kohl" meaning "Cabbage" and "Rabi" meaning "turnip". This refers to the shape rather than the family, brassica.
The leaves and bulbous part of kohlrabi grow just above ground. The bulbous part, which is actually a swollen stem, tastes like the stem of broccoli, and should be eaten whilst fairly young and small, as it gets a bit tough and fibrous if allowed to grow large. The leaves are also edible, and are used a bit like cabbage or kale, as part of a meal. They can also be added to soup or stew.
Growing Kohlrabi in the Garden - I've Grown it From Seed Myself
Kohlrabi is very easy to grow, and matures about eight to twelve weeks after planting the seeds. Unlike many members of the brassica family, they don't take up much room, so you can afford to experiment with a few plants without them taking over your vegetable patch.
Plant the seeds between March and July (in the Northern Hemisphere), and if successive crops are required, plant a further lot of seeds two or three weeks after the first planting, and so on during the growing season, allowing .
They should be planted in well-drained fertile ground and then kept watered and fertilized during their growth. Do not allow the plants to dry out, as it will cause the bulb to become fibrous. They grow best in cooler weather, but need sunshine. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade.
Harvest the kholrabi when the bulb is just a little bigger than a golf ball, as they are at their sweetest then. They take about 15 weeks from planting to harvest time. One seed produces one kohlrabi. The seeds are strong, so you don't have to plant a lot more than are actually needed.
The skin of very young kohlrabi is edible, but as it ages, the skin toughens, so you will need to peel it. Use a potato peeler or a kitchen knife to peel off the skin of the kohlrabi.
The kohlrabi can then be sliced, chopped into small cubes or larger pieces, or grated, depending on your recipe.
Take This Poll About Kohlrabi
Have you tried Kohlrabi, and, if so, do you like it?
Of Course, Not Everyone Likes Kohlrabi:
It's clear what the lady in the picture below thinks - Yukky-Poohs!
"That was terrible......
Only in my worst dreams!"
To be frank, It's not one of my favorite vegetables, either, but it's always good to try new things, and to have a bit of variety in your life. Otherwise we'd all be eating whatever it was they ate in the Stone Age.
Different people have different tastes in food, and I find kohlrabi a little bit bland. But then my taste veers toward hot and spicy - chili and black pepper are my most-used condiments. If I were eating anything as mild as kohlrabi, I would always hot it up to give it a bit of a kick. Am I a food vandal? The coin is still up in the air!
I'm not going to give you detailed Kohlrabi Recipes, as there are already many good web pages about Kohlrabi recipes
Below are some of the best I have found, and my intention is simply to describe Kohlrabi, whet your appetite, and then point you to where you can get recipes
Cooking with Kohlrabi - Links to Various Articles and Recipes
- Healthy Kohlrabi Slaw
Cole slaw made with kohlrabi instead of cabbage. This recipe is from my local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. We have a half share from the farm which delivers produce weekly for the growning season. This is sweet, very yummy and refreshi
- Kohlrabi - 10 Reasons to Relish this Vital Veggie
Kohlrabi, loved by the Kashmiris are nutritious, delicious and have a host of other life enhancing qualities. Kohlrabi have cancer fighting ingredients and an exciting new study examines the anti-aging properties of this colorful cabbage variety.
- Hungarian Food-Stuffed Squash and Kohlrabi
Stuffed vegetables are one of the four crossbeams of Hungarian cooking. Along with soups, braised steak and cabbage as a main meal, they connect the four pillars (gulyas, paprikash, porkolt and tokany). Ever since the Turkish invasion introduced stuf
- How to Cook Kohlrabi (Vegetable Bulb) | eHow.com
How to Cook Kohlrabi (Vegetable Bulb). Kohlrabi, a varietal of the cabbage family, has a mildly sweet taste and tender leaves. Like cabbage, kohlrabi responds well to several cooking methods, particularly steaming, roasting and sauteing. It also has
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on cooking with Kohlrabi | Life and style | The Guardian
Kohlrabi isn't a looker, but it's the taste that counts, says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
A Useful and Slightly Humorous Visual Description of Kohlrabi
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