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Kohlrabi, German for cabbage turnip

Last week we received our CSA basket, and inside were some purple vegetables that we had no idea what they were.  They looked a little bit like mini-cabbages.  Turns out, these are kohlrabi, yet another vegetable we have never had the opportunity to cook with.  This led me to investigate a little bit into what is kohlrabi, what sort of health benefits does it offer, and how it should be cooked.

What is kohlrabi?

I had to share this because it is the second time Charlemagne has come up (the other was during a game of Trivial Pursuit when Meg surprised the heck out of me).

Charlemagne, who was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 800 AD, ordered kohlrabi to be grown in the lands under his reign. We connect Charlemagne with the French empire, but actually his home was in Aix-la-Chapelle which is now Aachen located in the Western portion of Germany. This fact accounts for kohlrabi’s German name which means cabbage turnip. (

What are the health benefits of kohlrabi?

Thanks to being packed with Vitamin C, kohlrabi benefits your immune system.  It also aids in proper digestion thanks to its high fiber content.  Because it is low in saturated fats, it is also beneficial for your circulatory system.  Kohlrabi also contains a little more than 10% of your daily recommended potassium, which helps in muscle and nerve function.  Finally, it is a low calorie food, so you can get all of these benefits without the additional calories.

How should I prepare kohlrabi?

Very versatile vegetable, kohlrabi can be cooked or eaten raw.  I am going to prepare some baked stuffed kohlrabi, perhaps with couscous or brown rice.  I will be sure to share my recipe, and let you know how it turns out.  Have you ever cooked with kohlrabi?


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This entry was posted on November 26, 2011 by in Peter Waterman's posts.
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