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Kohlrabi - Root Vegetable or Cabbage?

Jul 21, 2016

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Kohlrabi, also known as turnip cabbage, is a form of cabbage and a member of the mustard family. It is not a root vegetable, but rather a fleshy bulbous stem just above the ground.

There are both green and purple skinned types, and both have creamy white flesh. It may look like a turnip, but its taste is very different; it has a sweet, peppery, broccoli or cucumber flavor and a crisp texture.

Kohlrabi is excellent eaten raw by itself or in salads, and it may also be steamed, stir fried, braised or stuffed. The leaves are edible too, and when cooked have a flavor similar to collard greens.

Kohlrabi is high in fiber, an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of potassium. It contains about 40 calories per cup. Get detailed nutritional information about kohlrabi from the USDA. 

Important Facts

  • Kohlrabi should be stored at 32-35°F, with a relative humidity of 85-90%. 

  • Good-quality kohlrabi will be very firm, smooth-skinned, and heavy for its size.

  • Kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be used interchangeably with collard greens and kale.

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