Kohlrabi is a vegetable that is commonly used in soups and stews. It is also known as German turnip or turnip cabbage. Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable.
This means it is a member of the cabbage family.
What is kohlrabi?
did you know the name for this veggie sounds more like a shoe than a tasty dish of veggies…kohl-rab-i-bee?!
It’s actually not a shoe!
It’s a round white root that grows in a green leafy head when the plant is younger; leaves are also called “stem” and leaves of the stem are called histadines.
When you remove the greens from the main part of the bud/fruit of the plant you will see the flesh that makes up the center of the ball is an edible bulb with a crisp texture and juicy crunch when you bite into it often with a bit of seasoning it is great on a salad plate with some sea salt and butter baked into the outer skin by blanching it first and then baking with it at high heat its sweet juice makes a great addition to any sauce for a pasta recipe or even to throw into a soup yum!!!
This is also an easy way to get kids to eat their leafy greens as their yummy juices mask any bitterness from the indigestible fibers contained within the inner flesh….it’s also really good mashed up with potatoes so that way you don’t have to eat it plain if that’s not your thing lol..this versatile veg can also be steamed and then thinly sliced for use as a side dish and even pickled as a snack or used to infuse flavour in other dishes like broths and salads or just pureed with butter and mint to create a delicious creamy pesto to add flair to any sandwich whether you’re vegan or not try it!
Are kohlrabi leaves healthy to eat?
The nutritional composition of the kohlrabi leaves and shoots is shown in Table 1. The shoots can be consumed raw or cooked, fresh or dried. Dried kohlrabi shoots can be stored in plastic bags for up to three months when they are not exposed to humidity.
Kohlrabi shoot has a lower caloric value and more carbohydrate (66-70%) than green leaves (52-60%). Kohlrabi shoot contains no significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, iron or zinc. The leaves contain less protein (15% on average) and less essential amino acids than the stems and roots do.
Leaves have about half the polyphenolic compounds as compared to stems and more potassium than roots (Table 2).
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Are there side effects of eating kohlrabi leaves?
Kohlrabi has numerous active nutrients and can be used for a variety of food and medicinal purposes. But the safety issues involved in preparing it with boiling water or steam are to be carefully observed since it is likely to damage the eyes. Green leaves of kohlrabi have been used as hair-growing drugs, especially for thinning hair, since ancient times.
The use of boiled rhubarb powder helps control hair loss as do vitamin B6, vitamin A, thiamine and folic acid (Vinayak KA et al). A study showed that kohlrabi roots had antifungal activity against Trichophyton rubrum (Rabieh H et al). So you can eat its leaves if you feel like eating lemons.
It will add lots more vitamins like vitamin C etc to your diet.
You might also drink lots more lemon tea but then you don’t need any kohl rabi shoots at all!
How can you cook kohlrabi leaves?
Kohlrabi leaves can be cooked in various ways. You can boil them, steam them, saute them, or eat them raw.Kohlrabi leaves can be cooked in various ways. You can boil them, steam them, saute them, or eat them raw.
Other FAQs about Cabbage that you may be interested in.
Cabbage belongs to cabbage family called Brassica family which contains more than 15 different varieties including: turnip cabbage (Brassica rapa), Chinese cabbage (Brassica carinata), Japanese cabbage (Brassica juncea), Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea), broccoli (Brassica oleracea), kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var hyacinthin), cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var rubra), Brussels sprouts (Brassica nigra) etc..
Can you cook the greens of the kohlrabi?
Yes, they are cooked in an appropriate amount of water to extract their color and give them flavor. You can also cook the skin of garlic cloves or the skins of sweet peppers by putting them in a frying pan with high heat. Here is a simple method to quickly peel a whole head of kohlrabi (and other root vegetables):
Wash your vegetables under cold running water until all dirt and soil is removed. They should be free from sand and grit but not shiny clean. Dry off any excess moisture on the outside with paper towel, then place them on a clean surface; they will keep their form best if you work over an old cutting board that does not have food residue on it (such as one that has been used for chicken).
Can kohlrabi leaves be eaten raw?
Kohlrabi leaves are perfectly safe to eat raw, and in fact, many people find them to be quite delicious!
There’s no need to cook them first, although you may want to give them a quick chop if you find them to be a bit tough. Add them to your favorite salads or wraps for a bit of extra nutrition, or simply enjoy them on their own as a healthy snack.kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be eaten raw, but they may be tough and bitter.
If you choose to eat them raw, you may want to consider slicing them thinly or chopping them up and adding them to a salad. You can also cook kohlrabi leaves to make them more tender.
What does kohlrabi leaves taste like?
Like a mixture of kiwi and celery.
Are kohlrabi stems and leaves edible?
Kohlrabi stems are very nutritious as they contain vitamins a, b1, b2, c, e, k. kohlrabi leaves are also rich source of vitamin c. kohlrabi roots are very good source vitamin a. They also provide calcium as well as iron (fe). It helps prevent anaemia (low blood count).
Are kohlrabi leaves edible?
Kohlrabi leaves are used as an edible vegetable in Europe where they are known as “German turnip”. They are green like lettuce leaves but shaped like bulbs with yellow flesh beneath their thick skins. They have small bulbs at their centers and two leaf stems extending from their base like miniature trees with multiple leaves on each stem giving them a light green color when they are young then turning darker as they grow older in color.