What the heck is Kohlrabi?

It has been a busy week with Mother’s Day, a business trip to Omaha and my oldest daughter being in town.  The week ahead looks to be just as busy with a medical school graduation, a graduation party and then the whole family is heading out to Florida for some much needed rest and relaxation over the Memorial Day weekend.  I really need to get my cooking on to use up the rest of last week’s CSA produce (radishes and snap peas)as well as this new week’s haul.

The share this week consisted of leeks, strawberries, kohlrabi, snow peas, cilantro and carrots.

The strawberries are not an issue since they will be gone just from snacking.  I have a couple of recipes in mind for the leeks, snow peas, cilantro and carrots.  However, I have no idea what to do with the Kohlrabi. Isn’t it a weird looking vegetable?

In doing some research I found it can be eaten raw, such as cut up in salads, or it can be cooked, maybe roasted or sautéed.  It comes from the cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower family although is resembles a turnip.  It is the most commonly eaten vegetable in Kashmir and India.  I have found a few recipes for Kohlrabi, but so far nothing has looked too appealing, does anyone have a recipe they like?


  1. Love the title of this post…I had the same reaction the first time I received Kohlrabi in my box! here is the link to my post with a ham bake that was pretty good. http://inherchucks.com/2011/10/31/what-is-kohlrabi/. I came along this post the other day with a kohlrabi slaw that looks delish! http://gourmetveggiemama.com/2012/05/14/quinoa-burgers/.

    Come link up to the link party…I am sure you will get some good ideas from the participants 🙂 http://inherchucks.com/2012/05/16/whats-in-the-box-26/.

  2. I like it grated in salads, but the problem is that there’s still so much left! It’s hard to get through the whole head of kohlrabi. I’ve also made potato leek soup with some kohlrabi thrown in. Good luck!

  3. I saw a recipe for baked breaded kohlrabi chips out on the internets….I dread the kohlrabi!

  4. Just eat it raw! Besides being the most nutritionally dense way to enjoy it… it is yummy. Peel, slice and devour. Or… throw it on the grill with some other lightly steamed veggies, slather in Italian dressing, and roast till soft and smokey. Another yum! We call it the ‘manly vegetable’ at the market, or sputnik! The greens and stems are also great.

  5. I’m actually thinking some version of these squash and kohlrabi empanadas I found on All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/squash-and-kohlrabi-empanadas/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page

    We threw some in just a simple stir fry too.

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