What is Kohlrabi?
Kohlrabi is a vegetable in the cabbage family. It stems from the German language meaning “cabbage turnip”, where "kohl" means cabbage and "rübe (or rabi)” means turnip. This vegetable comes in a variety of colors: white, light green, and purple. Thick stems and leaves project from various parts of the bulb. The outer coat has a thick and rubbery texture with a white potato-like interior.
Kohlrabi is very low in calories, saturated fat and consists of zero cholesterol. It has 27 calories for every 100g. It contains high amounts of vitamin C, which is important in maintaining bone and teeth health, repairing tissue, and aiding in the absorption of iron! In addition to that, it is also a good source of fiber. Fiber aids in digestion by preventing bloating, constipation, and providing a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. Other nutrients include vitamin B6, vitamins A and E, and potassium (1).
The entire plant is edible!
The bulb, stems, and the leaves of a kohlrabi are edible. Due to the thickness of the bulb, most people prefer to peel and remove the tough, woody exterior, especially if it is being eaten raw. Otherwise, the skin can be saved and eaten with the rest of the plant. The bulbs can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, steamed, baked, added to soups, or cooked like other root vegetables. The stems and leaves can be added to salads and stir-fries and be prepared like kale, collard greens, and spinach. The bulb, stems, and leaves are also great in veggie smoothies!
Keep an eye out for recipes on this versatile vegetable!
To maintain its freshness, keep the kohlrabi in the refrigerator. First, remove the leaves from the bulbs. Then, place the leaves in a plastic bag and store both leaves and bulb in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. Like the majority of vegetables, get the most out of kohlrabi by eating it as soon as possible.
Find this vegetable at your local farmer's markets between August and October. However, some farmers may have planted and harvested them early, so make sure to check out this link to view Farmers Markets in your area and try out this forgotten vegetable!
- "Basic Report: 11241, Kohlrabi, Raw." United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service - National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28. N.p., May 2016. Web.