Crisp Kohlrabi

A Cool Vegetable for Dips and Slaws

by BC Farms & Food  -  Permalink
June 2, 2015
Purple kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a fast-growing member of the cabbage family with an edible bulb.

With its tentacle-shaped leaves and green or purple bulbs, you might think it’s an alien life form. It is, in fact, kohlrabi, a cool-weather brassica that grows abundantly in South Coast British Columbia and provides a crisp, nutritious addition to salads and stir-frys.

Available in the British Columbia from June to November, kohlrabi is named for the German kohl (cabbage) and rabi (turnip), which is more or less how it looks—somewhere between a cabbage and a turnip. Like broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables, kohlrabi contains phytochemicals, reported to fight off some kinds of cancer. This odd-shaped vegetable also contains fiber, potassium, and is a source of vitamin C.

Kohlrabi, a cabbage family vegetable, is a crisp and nutritious addition to salads, soups and stews.

With a crunchy, almost melon-like texture, kohlrabi is an excellent choice for slaws and vegetable plates. This cabbage family vegetable, is a also a crisp and nutritious addition to salads, soups and stews.

Most parts of the plant are edible, including the leaves with ribs removed, the stems, and the bulb (peeled). Cooks often steam or boil kohlrabi until it is just tender. It can also be baked, roasted or added to stir-frys. But the best way to prepare it is also the simplest: Just eat it raw!


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  1. 2021 February 2
    Gannang permalink

    Where can I buy kohlrabi seeds in Victoria?

    • 2021 February 3
      BC Farms & Food permalink

      You can find local Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island seed producers on the Farms & Food Map. (Search on “Seeds” under “Plants & Flowers”.)

  2. 2019 September 23
    Liz permalink

    I live in Comox, when can I plant this for winter gardening?

    • 2019 September 23
      BC Farms & Food permalink

      Kohlrabi, like other brassicas, can be planted from seed in July and August for fall and winter harvest. If you’re able to find kohlrabi plant starts, you can plant them into September for fall harvest. Kohlrabi matures in about 8 weeks. For more about growing winter vegetables, please see 12 Vegetables You Can Grow in Winter

  3. 2018 May 19
    Beverley Johnstone permalink

    Where can I buy kohlrabi? I live in Vernon BC?

    • 2018 May 19
      BC Farms & Food permalink

      Look for it at farmers markets. Local kohlrabi is in season from June to November.

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