This just might be the best vegetable you are not eating and it may be because you have never heard of it. But as farm stands like Colchester Neighborhood Farm begin filling their CSA shares with organically grown and freshly harvested vegetables and people become motivated to experiment with recipes that include so-called “super foods,” kohlrabi could start getting the props it deserves. Though its popularity numbers are still low, there are some interesting facts and inside information about this lesser known member of the cabbage family that could raise its standing. Some of the things you don’t know…but should know… about this somewhat sweet and crunchy vegetable.
According to Jacksonville.com, when it comes to selecting this bulbous vegetable, size matters. Small kohlrabi no larger than 2½ inches is better tasting than its larger counterpart which has a more woody texture and inedible skin.
The name Kohlrabi comes from the German words, kohl, which means cabbage and rube, which means turnip.
Kohlrabi comes in two varieties: white and purple. Underneath the skin of either variety, the flesh is a very pale green.
Kohlrabi has been described as looking like a cross between a space ship and an octopus.
Some claim that the vegetable tastes a bit like turnip while others liken it to the taste of broccoli.
Though it looks like a root vegetable, kohlrabi actually grows just above the ground, forming a turnip-shaped globe at the base of the stem.
Raw kohlrabi is very crunchy with a mild flavor and can add texture to a salad. It can be diced, shredded or cut into matchstick-size pieces. It can also be roasted, baked, or steamed. Chop it up, put it in aluminum foil, shiny side facing in, and place it on the grill for 10 minutes.
Kohlrabi is a rich source of vitamins C and B and is high in minerals such as copper, calcium, and potassium. It also contains healthy antioxidants and cancer fighting phytochemicals.
The bulb can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. The leaves and stem, which can be cooked in a stock similar to kale, should be wrapped in paper towel and can be stored for up to 3 days.
Stop by Colchester Neighborhood Farm and pick up a few bulbs of this up and coming star vegetable….it just may provide the crunchy flavor your salad needs.