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About kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, which in German reads "cabbage turnip," is a biennial vegetable, which means that its biological life cycle spans two years. The vegetable is also known as the German turnip; however, kohlrabi isn't related to the turnip. Rather, it forms part of the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale. It's a very popular vegetable in the northern and eastern parts of Europe and Asian countries, such as Vietnam and India.

The vegetable has a round bulb surrounded by two layers of stiff leaves attached in a rosette shape, similar to cabbage. Its color ranges from white or green to purple, and there are also 22 different varieties to choose from, including the White Vienna, Purple Vienna, and Quickstar. The color variation is superficial, though, as the flesh of all bulbs is a creamy white color. Different varieties also differ in bulb size. An heirloom variety called the Gigante, for instance, produces massive bulbs, whereas another heirloom, called the Early White Vienna, is a dwarf.

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FAQs About Kohlrabi

The kohlrabi bulb has a sweet-but-peppery flavor that reminds one of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart. When cooked, the flesh becomes a bit sweeter, especially if it's caramelized. In general, the younger the kohlrabi plant, the sweeter it will be. As the vegetable matures, it develops a spicier and sharper taste. The stalks carry hints of both cucumber and radish flavors, while the leaves are reminiscent of turnip greens.

Kohlrabi is a versatile vegetable, as you can eat its bulb, stems, and leaves. Remove the thin peel from the bulb with a vegetable peeler or a paring knife before using it in your dishes since it has a bitter taste. Thinly sliced or grated, the crisp flesh of the bulb makes for a crunchy and tasty addition to salads or slaws. If it's cold outside, cube a kohlrabi bulb and some butternut squash, toss the pieces with olive oil and roast them in the oven. 

Another delicious way to prepare the bulb is to hollow it out, stuff it with a filling of your choice, and then bake it. The leaves and stems of kohlrabi are also very tasty. You can steam or saute these greens, just as you would do with fresh kale, or you can finely chop the leaves and use them raw in a salad.

Kohlrabi is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins C and B6. The vegetable also contains loads of fiber, which helps to keep your gut healthy. Apart from acting as a powerful antioxidant, kohlrabi supports your immune system and can also lower your risk of heart disease.
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