Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Kohlrabi Greens - People Food

Kohlrabi gets its name from the German language. Roughly translated as "cabbage turnip", a descriptor which sums up the taste and shape of the vegetable. If a turnip were to sprout cabbage greens, kohlrabi would be the result.

The vegetable is very popular in Germany. One of my friends claimed it was the only vegetable he would eat as a child. In the cold days of winter, kohlrabi is one of the easiest fresh vegetables to find - my supermarket can always be counted on for crates of the alien-looking vegetable. But in the crates, there is always a pile of leaves. People pull the leaves off, and take the mini-sputniks with them.


For a while, I didn't think this was edible, but I thought of baby beet greens, which are a part of a good mesclun salad. The bigger greens can be cooked. I put a bit of research into kohlrabi greens and discovered that you can eat them. They are not just rabbit food.

The first step was going to the supermarket and filling a bag of greens. These are normally given away for free, a fact which made me feel, well, a little illicit, knowing that I would be eating these myself. Oh well, it's the supermarkets loss.

Having gotten the greens home, I washed them, pulled out any huge chunks of stem, roughly chopped them and steamed them. In the meantime, I sauteed some garlic. When the greens were cooked, I drained any extra liquid, cooked them quickly with the garlic, added sesame oil & Chinese black vinegar, and topped it with sesame seeds. The result: like spinach but with a slight cabbage taste. The vinegar was maybe a bit strong. Nest time, I want to use olive oil & lemon juice. Assuming, of course that I can swallow my pride & eat rabbit food again.

5 comments:

Wic said...

I adore this aliens and I eat them mostly fresh from the garden.
the young leafs are lovely in a salad and the older ones are amazing in a vegetable soup. Kohlrabi sind einfach klasse. Und f├╝hle dich nicht schlecht weil es umsonst ist.

Cathy said...

Too funny - we used to grow this when I was a kid in our garden and nobody knew what it was (friends, etc). Dad being Dutch, it was one of his favourites. Mmmm haven't had any in years.

Mary said...

You've given me an idea I wouldn't have had, had I not stopped by to visit. I'll be back often. Have a great day.

southernspiceworld said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog!!

Really like the interesting recipes here...like the pics too!

Shall be back soon...

Murasaki Shikibu said...

This was an interesting read. :)

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