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Produce Facts: Kohlrabi

Apr 20, 2016

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KohlrabiKohlrabi is a vegetable which is part of the mustard family. Also called cabbage turnip, kohlrabi is not a root vegetable, but rather a fleshy bulbous stem just above the ground.

The two varieties of kohlrabi - green and purple - should both have medium-sized firm roots and greens which are crisp and firm.

They can be eaten raw, included in salads, steamed, stir fried, braised or stuffed.

Their taste and texture is similar to those of cabbage heart or broccoli stems, but they are milder and sweeter. The younger stems have crispy, pleasant taste, and rich flavor. The cooked leaves have a collard like flavor.

Kohlrabi is high in fiber, is an excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of potassium. It contains about 40 calories per cup.

Kohlrabi is of European origin and is popular in Germany, Russia, Hungary and China.

Important Facts

Here's what you need to know:

  • Kohlrabi should be kept at 32-34° F.
  • Avoid product with blemishes on the roots, leaves that have dark patches of slime, or leaves that are wilted or yellowing.
  • The coloring should be light for the green variety and deep for the purple variety.
  • Leaves can be eaten raw in salads or steamed, and the bulbs can be cooked like turnips.

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