Until Kohlrabi started showing up in my CSA box many years ago, I have to confess I hadn't the faintest idea what Kohlrabi was.
🍃 Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family, native to northern Europe.
🍃 It has a crisp texture, with a subtle radish like taste when eaten raw and a mellow turnip like taste when cooked.
🍃 It can be sliced, grated, or julienned raw to be added to a salad.
🍃 It can be cooked any way you would cook a turnip. My favorite way is braised with lots of olive oil and some red pepper flakes.
🍃 If you’re lucky enough to be able to buy the kohlrabi with the greens still attached, they are also edible. They could also be braised or added to a soup!
🍃 Kohlrabi is high in fiber and has a greater carbohydrate content than most vegetables, which makes them quite sustaining.
🍃 It has an abundance of vitamin C and an assortment of B vitamins.
🍃 It also contains a respectable amount of potassium, copper, and manganese.
🍃 Kohlrabi is a terrific blood and kidney cleanser and helps clear one’s complexion.
🍃 It is also good for the skeletal, digestive, and lymphatic system.
🍃 Kohlrabi helps stabilize blood sugar imbalances, so is helpful for individuals with hypoglycemia and diabetes.
🍃 All members of the brassica (cabbage) family contain dithioltiones, which are a group of compounds that have anticancer and antioxidant properties.
🍃 Brassicas also contain indoles, substances that protect against breast and colon cancer.
🍃 They contain sulfurs, which have antibiotic and antiviral characteristics.
🍃 Brassicas also mildly stimulate the liver and other tissues out of stagnancy.
Kohlrabi is a good reminder of how beneficial it is to eat a varied diet full of vegetables!
I'm getting kohlrabi in my CSA box today and I have big plans to try out a Kohlrabi Salad Recipe I found while researching this article.
Do you cook with Kohlrabi? What is your favorite way to eat it?
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