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How to Grow Kohlrabi

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Kohlrabi is pale green or purple, resembling a turnip bulb with large stems and leaves; related to cabbage and broccoli, the plant grows easily at home, providing you with a pesticide-free and tasty addition to salads and soups or as a side dish
  • Kohlrabi is a cool weather plant and appreciates full sun with temperatures between 40 F and 75 F; they grow quickly in well-drained soil with good moisture retention
  • Harvest your plants when the bulbs are 2 to 4 inches in diameter, as any further growth often results in a more fibrous and woody texture
  • Kohlrabi is nutrient-dense and high in fiber, adding significant health benefits to your nutrition plan; it may be boiled, mashed, roasted or sliced and eaten raw or added to salads

Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) looks like a pale green or purple turnip with multiple stalks of green leaves. Although the plant looks like a turnip, it's actually related to cabbage and broccoli. The bulb grows above ground and is not a root vegetable.

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