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Monday, 21 March 2011

Strange Vegetable

Do you know what this vegetable is?

I would be incredibly impressed if you did! 

I don't think I've ever seen it before, nor can I say I've eaten it before! 

It arrived last week with my organic food box which I get delivered every week. I saw it on the list and thought I would leave it there, as there is no best way to try new things, than to... well.. try new things. 

Kohl Rabi is what it is. Kohl Rabi (aka German turnip), is a relative of the Cabbage family. It can be raw or cooked, and has a similar taste to that of a broccoli stem or cabbage heart. While this is important to know (and thank you to Wikipedia for being my source of knowledge) my priority is to find a recipe to pleasantly digest this alien of a vegetable. 

The best recipe I found was a Kohl Slaw dish found at Easy Peasy Organic via Foodgawker.

I'll have to make a few small exception to the dressing that I use (clementines and lemon instead of grapefruit, and egg-free mayo), but hope it will be a refreshing salad to add to my recipe repertoire. 

If you've had any experience using Kohl Rabi, I would love to hear about it. I'll be making whatever it may be in 24-hours. 

Until then... keep smiling :)


  1. Hi! I'm French and I'm living in Germany, and a Kohlrabi is something very very usual here :)your post is very funny for me :) My favorite easy recipes: 1) cooked in salted water like a potatoe and then with "bechamel" sauce. or 2) crude in little pieces in a green salad. or 3) thinly sliced, braded and then fried.
    enjoy ♥

  2. PS: of course, you have to cut the leaves and the hard skin before cooking!!!

  3. i saw it on iron chef once- good luck!

  4. @ Frédélimaliya, I'm glad you could have a giggle. And thank you for your suggestions!!! I'm in the UK, so very close to you, but I've only lived here for two years from Australia, and I've never seen it before. Thanks for letting me know I had to peel it - that could have been interesting! :)

  5. My folks grew these in our garden when I was growing up. I don't think they ever made it into recipes, because they didn't last that long. Peel it, sprinkle it with salt, and eat it. Preferably while sitting out back in the sunlight, watching the birds at the feeder. Bonus points if you are planning a raid on the raspberry bushes at the same time. :)

  6. @ Melissa, as soon as I read your comment, I thought hang on.. could this be used as a substitute to unripe papaya?? Yes it can! I used it in one of my favorite Thai dishes, and it tasted so authentic! I'll do a post on it soon!