Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kohlrabi 101

Kohlrabi is a descendant of the wild Cabbage. Its name is derived from the German word Kohl meaning Cabbage. For more history about Kohlrabi click here. Small Kohlrabi bulbs have a taste and texture that can be likened to a Broccoli stem (which is very edible), but milder and sweeter. Larger bulbs can taste like Radish. For more fun facts about Kohlrabi click here. To learn more about about Kohlrabi click here

To Store

Kohlrabi leaves and stems can to be removed for storage (just like with Beets, Turnips, or Carrots). Cut off the leafy stalks which are edible. The leaf and stalk can be used like Kale or Collard Greens. Use the leaves within a few days. Kohlrabi bulbs can be stored washed (dry thoroughly) or unwashed. Fresh Kohlrabi will last several weeks in the fridge.

To Nourish

Kohlrabi is very high in Vitamin C and is also a very good source of Potassium, Fiber and Vitamin B6. It has Phytochemicals such as Indoles which are believed to be anti-cancer compounds and are in other cruciferous vegetables as well. To learn more about Kohlrabi’s health benefits click here.

To Prepare

Kohlrabi is delicious raw. Cut into wedges and eat them for snacks with a creamy dips or soy sauce. Kohlrabi also adds bite and crunch to salads and slaws. Kohlrabi can be chopped and added to soups or stews, or boiled and added to mashed potatoes or other mashed root vegetables. Try roasting Kohlrabi. The end result is very sweet. Peel the bulbs and cut them into wedges or chunks, toss with a bit of oil, sprinkle with salt, and roast in a hot oven until brown and tender. For more information on how to cut up Kohlrabi click here. See a recipe for Roasted Kohlrabi here.

To Try

Quick Kohlrabi Pickles
Butter Braised Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi Home Fries
Celeriac and Kohlrabi Rosti
Carrot and Kohlrabi Fritters with Avocado Cream Sauce
Pureed Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi Remoulade
Shaved Kohlrabi with Apple and Hazelnuts
Kohlrabi and Mache Salad
Kohlrabi Slaw
Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw
Creamy Kohlrabi and Potato Soup with Winter Savory
Creamy Kohlrabi Carrot Soup
Sauteed Kale with Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi with Spiced Coconut Paste
Kohlrabi Risotto
Mashed Root Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette
German Style Stuffed Kohlrabi
Polenta with Braised Root Vegetables
Roasted Kohlrabi and Butternut Squash
Curried Tofu, Eggplant, Kohlrabi with Green Jasmine Rice
Seared Whitefish with Sweet Corn and Tomato Compote
Roasted Chicken with Kohlrabi,Carrots and Thyme
Tamarind Beef and Kohlrabi Salad

To Use

No task is too big or small for this sturdy stainless steel 6-Sided Grater. Shredding options include an extra-fine grater for foods such as parmesan cheese, nutmeg and ginger; a fine grater for hard cheeses and cinnamon; a medium grater for soft cheeses, smaller vegetables and chocolate and a coarse grater for larger cheeses and vegetables. It also features all-purpose and julienne slicers. (Williams-Sonoma, $24.95)