Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Purple Kohlrabi

To say we like eating kohlrabi at Garden on Sherlock Street would be an understatement.  First of all, kohlrabi are so darn easy to grow.  Harvesting them is easy too.  It takes a little bit to "peel" them, like an apple, once you get all the leaves off.  We just eat them raw.  They're great in our lunches.  This year I ordered seed to plant purple Vienna kohlrabi.

Inside, they're just like the early white Vienna kohlrabi.

I think the purple is pretty.

The first kohlrabi of the season always gets divided in half and shared with my wonderful husband.


  1. I have heard about those. .but never seen them. .I think. .hands down they are the WEIRDEST veggie I have ever laid my eyes on!! Wondering what on earth they must taste like? I think part of the fun of gardening is to be able to grow so many things that you JUST can't find in the store. .like purple veggies! Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

  2. The color is very pretty. I never have had kohlrabi. Guess it is time yet I never knew what to do with them. Eating it raw would be the way to go.

  3. Its been such a long time since I've eaten this I cannot remember what it tastes like. I'm going to try and grow some this year for a friend so it's time for me to try it. The purple is striking.

  4. Kohlrabi is one of those things that has gone on and off my list way too many times. I think that maybe next year, it might get a look in, once I've finished the bed building programme!

  5. I spent a lot of time looking at your kohlrabi. I never tasted one before. but we are growing purple vienna for the first time this fall. Ours are still small seedlings.I did not know that we can eat them raw.

  6. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Sometimes (though it isn't healthy, I suppose), I like to dip them in a little salt. I do the same with radishes. To me, kohlrabi tastes a little like cabbage "heart" - which I also like.

  7. Love to see veggies being harvested!

  8. ~Melanie
    The are the martians of the veggie patch! Ha!
    The texture is similar to a radish (although you have to peel off the fiber outside where the leaves attach) and the taste is close to a mild cabbage.

    ~Malay-Kadazan girl
    I hope you get to try kohlrabi. As I just told Melanie, they are close to a mild cabbage. Harvest them when they are a little larger than a golf ball (inside the leaves). They'll get woody if they get too big.

  9. re: Hypoestes--Polka Dot Plant, yes it probably is the Pink Blush it has many common names.

  10. Based on your description in your comment above, I think John and I would like these. I'll have to try some. Love your photos.

    Thanks for your well wishes for our dog.

  11. Hi There, I've never heard of Kohirabi--but it sounds wonderful Like a mild cabbage, huh? I thought maybe it was in the turnip family... Thanks for sharing...


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