Kohlrabi, as in Cool
By Chelsea Fisher
Kohlrabi may not be one of the things you dash to the grocery for—heck, you may have never heard of this bulbous veg–but it’s time to add kohlrabi to your shopping list. This member of the cabbage family has the same great cancer-fighting phytochemicals and health benefits as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and kale, among others. If you’ve never tried kohlrabi, you’ll find that it has a slightly sweet but earthy taste similar to a cabbage heart or broccoli stem with the crunchy texture of an apple.
Kohlrabi is gaining some momentum in American cuisine, but in other parts of the world it’s appeared in meals for years. It is popular in Russia and Germany, where it’s commonly used for a twist on traditional stuffed cabbage, and in India where it’s used in salads and rice dishes. Cooked or raw, kohlrabi contains vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, folate, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins C and B6. So dig in.
Kohlrabi should be round and hard to the touch, with no soft or blighted patches. As with cabbage, you can buy kohlrabi in either red or green varieties, though the green variety is more common. No matter the color of its outer skin, once peeled, kohlrabi is always white. The leaves are edible too, so when you buy kohlrabi, as with beets, you get a nutritious twofer. Kohlrabi stores well in the winter, and as the season wears on, the stalks and leaves drop off, leaving the bulb striped with creamy white. Red Kohlrabi can look quite tiger-like by March.
Our Kohlrabi in Sesame Rémoulade is great side or snack, and can be eaten raw, steamed, or blanched. The versatile cabbage cousin is also a great addition to soups, salads and stir-fries for extra crunch and a boost of nutrition.