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What the Heck Is Kohlrabi?

What the Heck Is Kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family that will grow almost everywhere. Its strange name comes from the German words for “cabbage” and “turnip,” which is appropriate, since kohlrabi taste a bit like a combination of the two. If you think the name is weird, though, just wait until you see this strange vegetable. It’s shaped like a ball with several stalks growing out of one end. Many observers have likened its odd shape to the Russian spacecraft, Sputnik.

Kohlrabi comes in green or purple varieties, and can be eaten either raw or cooked. It’s low in calories and extremely high in nutrients, especially vitamin C and dietary fiber, so it’s great for the immune system and for promoting digestive health.

Basic Kohlrabi:
6-8 Young kohlrabi
1 cup kohlrabi liquid
1-1/2 tbsp Flour
2 tbsp Butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Take out the stem ends from the kohlrabi, peel and slice thin. Place in a pot of boiling salted water. Cook until tender, (about 10 minutes) drain but reserve the liquid.

Melt butter in a saucepan, add flour to it and mix well. Add kohlrabi liquid to it and add little water if needed. Cook till smooth and thickened, keep stirring. Add kohlrabi, pepper and salt to it and heat to the serving temperature. Add a dash of paprika, before serving it.

Read about the healing benefits of cabbage.

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