I know I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the biggest reasons that I enjoy my weekly visits to the Farmer’s Market is because I get to learn all about new vegetables that I’ve been otherwise unexposed to. Those of you who are further along on your food journey may look down on me for my naivety but hey, I’m a beginner! Give me a break. The whole reason why I became interested in starting a blog was because after every trip to pick up my CSA I would inevitably have to do research about what my haul contained.
This week I spotted something different on the shelf. It wasn’t part of my haul, but it is local, seasonal, and absolutely beautiful. I was enchanted. This purple spiky thing was called a kohlrabi, and I had to have it.
What is kohlrabi?
First things first. A mixture between a turnip and a cabbage. It has a taste similar to broccoli stems, which makes sense since what you’re eating is actually a stem. [In the pictures you can see the shoots where the leaves are attached].
When picking out kohlrabi look for bulbs that are about 3 inches in diameter. Like with many other veggies, bigger isn’t always better, and larger than this may result in a tough texture. Once it’s cut into (which you won’t know until you get it home and begin preparing it), make sure that it is solid throughout, with no spongy or brown spots.
To extend its shelf life, store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
To prepare them, peel off the woody outer layer with a knife or vegetable peeler. From there they can be grated, sliced, julienned, diced, or chopped. Enjoy raw or cooked.
You know that I’m going to give you a list of all of the reasons why fresh food is just plain healthy,right? Vitamin C is the most abundant vitamin, but it also has a good amount of the B vitamins, such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate. It also has potassium, copper and manganese. [The Nutrtion of Kohlrabi]
Here’s a condensed list, but for the full article you can check it out here.
- Kohlrabi is nutrient dense
- Good for the circulatory system
- Helps you maintain a healthy immune system
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Assists in proper muscle and nerve functions