Growing kohlrabi along with your cabbage and broccoli this season will add a nice variety to your vegetable dishes.
Kohlrabi is a unique looking vegetable.
I think it looks like something from another planet but is really a cousin of the cabbage and cauliflower.
It’s best to grow kohlrabi in the early spring and fall in the northern parts of the country and during winter in the south. When the weather gets hot kohlrabi will become tough.
Kohlrabi is low in calories (19 per half cup), rich in potassium and calcium and can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in stir fries. Kohlrabi adds a great flavor combination to coleslaw and green salads. Kohlrabi has a mild sweet flavor which is a combination of broccoli and cabbage.
Popular varieties of kohlrabi are Early White Vienna and Purple Vienna which matures in 55 to 60 days.
Kohlrabi is a hardy vegetable it can be planted in the early spring as soon as the ground thaws and can be worked. Kohlrabi can be planted from seed or transplants.
For seed planting; Sow seeds ½ inch deep in rows 18 inches apart and water lightly to moisten soil. Thin plants to 6 inches a part when the seedlings are a few inches tall
For plants, start growing kohlrabi indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting into the garden. Harden off your young plants a few weeks before planting by introducing them to outside a few hours a day.
Set plants in rows 18 inches a part 6 inches between plants and water lightly to moisten soil.
Kohlrabi grows quickly so keep soil moist through out the growing season. Side dress the plants if your soil is lacking in organic matter.
Start harvesting kohlrabi when the bulbs at the base of the plant reach 2 to2 1/2 inches in diameter. This is when they are the most tender and sweet.
Cut off the plants at base of the plant. Leave the roots in the ground. The roots tangle and can pull each other up if you pull the plants.
Trim off leaves and store kohlrabi in the refrigerator. Kohlrabi stores well like cabbage if stored in a cool place.
Serve kohlrabi raw in salads or with dips along with carrots and celery. Steam or roast with onions and butter. Kohlrabi is a healthy vegetable I hope you will give this one a try.