Kohlrabi is one of my favorite vegetables, and it’s super easy to grow. But when it comes time to use garden fresh kohlrabi, many people aren’t sure what to do. Every time I publish a photo of my kohlrabi harvests on social media, I get tons of questions about how to use it.
Before I tell you how I use it, let me give you a few tips on harvesting and preparing kohlrabi. Kohlrabi is best when it’s harvested small. If it gets too large, it can become grainy and it’s not as flavorful.
How To Harvest Kohlrabi
Each plant will only yield one kohlrabi crop, so to make harvesting easy, simply pull the whole plant out of the ground. Then cut off the stem, roots and leaves.
Healthy, tender kohlrabi leaves can be saved and used for cooking; you can use kohlrabi greens just as you would kale or collard greens (I love to steam kohlrabi leaves, and then add them to my eggs or fry them up with bacon – yummy!).
Before eating kohlrabi, the outer skin should be peeled off. I find it easiest to slice it off with a knife.
To give you an idea of what kohlrabi tastes like, the consistency of kohlrabi is similar to a radish or turnip, but the flavor is mild, buttery and a little sweet.
10 Ways to Use Garden Fresh Kohlrabi
1. Saute kohlrabi with butter
2. Grill it in a tinfoil packet or directly on the grill using a vegetable basket or tray
3. Steam kohlrabi by itself or with other vegetables
4. Boil and mash kohlrabi and use them as a tasty mashed potato substitute.
5. Roast kohlrabi in the oven – this really brings out the sweetness
6. Shred or slice kohlrabi and add it to salads
7. Fry kohlrabi with bacon for a delicious combination
8. Eat kohlrabi raw, just like an apple
9. Use as a mild substitute for spicy radishes in any recipe
10. Slice kohlrabi and add it to veggie trays. Kohlrabi is delicious served with veggie dip, hummus or guacamole
Kohlrabi is easy and fun to grow. They don’t take up much space in the garden either, so you can plant lots of kohlrabi seeds in a small amount of space.
Kohlrabi mature quickly and they are frost tolerant, so they’re great for succession planting. I like to plant my first crop in early spring, then I plant a second crop a month or so later, and sometimes I even get in a third crop once my first crop has been harvested.
This way, I can enjoy multiple kohlrabi harvests per season. I think the green variety is beautiful in the garden, but there’s also a purple variety of kohlrabi that adds wonderful color to the vegetable garden.
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Do you grow kohlrabi? Tell me about your favorite ways to use kohlrabi in the comments below.