What is purple Kohlrabi?

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

A German turnip, that is in the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens. Although they look like a root vegetable purple Kohlrabis are actually more like cabbage and are in the turnip family. They can be chopped or graded and can be cooked in many ways such as boiled, sauteed or roasted. They are great for adding to salads, stir fry or soup.



Growing Purple Kohlrabi?


Kohlrabi is great for growing in the months. We started our first sow in early May, which is a cooler time of year here in Canada, Central Ontario. We did this in hopes that we can have an early harvest. And possibly replant in the fall for a winter harvest.

Seedlings will do best in full sunlight and need to be freshly watered daily. Be sure to turn in organic compost to your soil and make sure it is deeply watered before planting your seeds. They can grow in part shade but you want a space that gets at least 6 hours of sun for best results.


Bulbs take about 45-60 days to mature. They are ready to harvest when the bulbs are 2-3 inches in diameter. They are simply harvested by chopping them at the base. This vegetable should be a must-try for many gardeners they can keep in a cool, moist place for 1-2 months after harvest or be frozen. And they can be used in your kitchen in many ways.


And again, Kohlrabi can be chopped or graded and can be cooked in many ways such as boiled, sauteed or roasted. They are great for adding to salads, stir fry or soup. The leaves are also editable and can be added to many dishes to reap the vitamin benefits of this unique vegetable.

Did you know?

“Did you know purple Kohlrabi is a great source of source of vitamin C. Has powerful antioxidant qualities, and helps boosts immunity."

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