Kohlrabi is a colourful newcomer to our garden and dinner plates. It certainly is an unusual looking vegetable, and we had to laugh when reading this humorous quote in Farmer Johns Cookbook from a person who received kohlrabi in a box of mixed veggies:
I totally freaked out last year when I pulled a ‘space ship’ (kohlrabi) out of the box. But it became the basis of some good eatin’.
Kohlrabi looks striking in the garden, as the colourful bulb grows above the ground.
Kohlrabi is a member of the brassica family, like cabbages and broccoli. Both the bulb and leaves of the plant can be eaten. We enjoyed chopping up the bulb and steaming it along with potato to make a mashed potato-kohlrabi side dish – it brought a really nice flavour to the usual potato mash! We’ve also had it grated raw on a salad wrap, but it has a bit of a bite to it so you don’t need much fresh.
Kohlrabi looks so striking in the garden, and we quite enjoyed the taste of it when cooked, so this week at our local fresh food market we stocked up on a few more kohlrabi seedlings.
Anyone else tried growing and eating kohlrabi? We’d love to hear any ideas for recipes you have! A few suggestions can be found at http://vegbox-recipes.co.uk/ingredients/kohl-rabi, while more info about how to grow this colourful veggie can be found at http://www.annettemcfarlane.com/Stories/kohlrabi.