We have grown kohlrabi on and off for a number of years. We find it easy to grow and quite hardy for the North or Engalnd. I always start the seeds off in the greenhouse and plant them out when they’re big enough. When the kohlrabi is a little larger than a tennis ball you know it is ready to harvest. Depending on when you plant them out, kohlrabi is in season from July until November. Once picked it will keep for around two weeks in the fridge.
Meaning “turnip cabbage” the kohlrabi is part of the cabbage family. It can be found in two colours purple or green. It is the purple one that we grow. It is an extremely versatile vegetable in that it can be eaten hot or eaten raw. Treat it like a turnip and it makes a delicious accompaniment to your Sunday roast or eat it raw in a coleslaw or salad.
If you don’t grown your own veg but are fortunate enough to find a kohlrabi when out shopping, don’t over look it, give it a go. With it’s mild sweet flavour you won’t be disappointed. We harvested several yesterday and I made it into coleslaw serving it with homemade beef burgers and chips from our own potatoes. Delicious! Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it.