Kohlrabi is an oddball in the vegie garden. It is a curious looking white or purple vegetable with a round bulbous base which is actually the thickened stem base spiked with leaves.
Stripped of its leaves it looks like a space ship. It is part of the huge brassica family and unlike its close relatives such as kale and broccoli, has not yet become trendy as a ‘superfood’. However, if you want to grow something completely different, this is one for you.
Kohlrabi is well worth growing. It has a swollen stem base, which may be purple or white, and tufts of green leaves. The stem is crisp and sweet can be eaten in many ways. It is rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and potassium. It is also a good source of dietary fibre
The main varieties offered in Australia are white or purple. The white form is usually sold as ‘White’ or ‘White Vienna’ and has greeny white skin and white flesh. The purple form is known as ‘Purple’ or ‘Purple Vienna’. It has purple skin and white flesh. Both are heirloom varieties that date back to 1859.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful kohlrabi harvest including tips along the way.