Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Kohlrabi


The stem of the kohlrabi plant can be white, purple or green.
The stem of the kohlrabi plant can be white, purple or green.

You may not be familiar with kohlrabi, but you would recognize its taste -- it's been described as a milder and sweeter cabbage heart. This nutrient-dense vegetable is a part of several vegetable recipes. In this article, we'll talk about growing kohlrabi.

About Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family, is a hardy biennial that is grown as an annual. It has a swollen stem that makes it look like a turnip growing on a cabbage root. The swollen stem can be white, purple, or green, and is topped with a rosette of blue-green leaves.

Common Name: Kohlrabi

Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea; Gongylodes Group

Hardiness: Very Hardy (will survive first frost)

In the next section, we'll show you how to grow kohlrabi.

Try: