Kohlrabi is native to Eastern Europe. It is a perennial vegetable, but it tends to grow better in cooler weather.
Kohlrabi means “cabbage turnip” in the German language and is actually a combination between a turnip and a cabbage. It consists of an enlarged turnip shaped stem (tuber) with leaves sprouting from the top. Kohlrabi is not a root vegetable. It is a member of the brassica family like cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower which grow above ground. The tuber has an average diameter of 10 cm but can grow up to 30 cm and weigh up to 2 kgs. Kohlrabi can be purple, red-purple or white (green). Kohlrabi has a similar taste and texture to a broccoli stem or cabbage but has a mild sweeter flavor.
Kohlrabi is used to compliment sausages and pork but is used in purees and vegetable soups because of its fragrant flavor. When raw, it has a mustard like taste and is excellent in salads.
Kohlrabi is abundant in Vitamin C and is known to help maintain the immune system.