Kohlrabi (pronounced “cole-rah-bee”) is actually a cabbage, selectively bred by farmers over 500 years ago for its thick stem. Use kohlrabi cooked as well as raw. Edible preparations are made with both the stem and the leaves. The texture and taste of kohlrabi are comparable to those of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but sweeter and milder, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem, in particular, can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet.
Use Kohlrabi in Creative Ways
1. Eaten Raw
Use kohlrabi raw. It is slightly crunchy and mildly spicy, like radishes mixed with turnip root. With grated kohlrabi, you can make a slaw, use in a salad, or eat it on its own with good olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Harvest2U Recipe: KOHLRABI APPLE SLAW SIMPLE AND HEALTHY
2. Make Fritters
Use kohlrabi to make fritters. It’s is an excellent way to get children to eat their kohlrabi!
- Grate it and mix with one egg and several tablespoons of breadcrumbs or flour
- Heat butter or oil in a flat skillet
- Drop on little mounds and flatten slightly with the back of your spatula
- Turn after a few minutes
Serve when both sides are crispy.
Harvest2U Recipe: GLUTEN FREE CAULIFLOWER FRITTERS USING ORGANIC PRODUCE (substitute cauliflower with kohlrabi)
3. Pureed Soup
Use Kohlrabi in a vegetable soup. It’s even better in a pureed, creamy soup using mild spices so that sweet kohlrabi flavor can really stand out. Kohlrabi can also be added to or substituted for, recipes for cream of broccoli, cream of potato, and even cream of mushroom soup!
Harvest2U Recipe: BROCCOLI POTATO SOUP (add or substitute Kohlrabi)
4. Use Kohlrabi Steamed
Once steamed, you can use kohlrabi in literally anything. You can throw kohlrabi (steamed) into pasta, stir-fries, and frittatas dishes. Puree it with a little cream and mild spices.
Harvest2U Recipe: SQUASH AND KOHLRABI EMPANADAS
Similar to most vegetables, when roasted in the oven, the outside of the kohlrabi caramelizes, and the flavor sweetens and mellows. Try tossing it in with other roasted veggies like potatoes and eggplant for a hearty side dish.
Harvest2U Recipe: ROASTED KOHLRABI AND BUTTERNUT SQUASH