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I know, I know. Lots of vegetables are lining up to be the new kale. I've even declared several potential contenders in the past, including cauliflower and beets. Well those vegetables have had their moment. Now it's time for kohlrabi to shine. There seems to be a growing consensus that kohlrabi, a cousin to cabbage, may be well positioned to take the crown from kale, including these trend predictions from the Daily Mail and Conde' Nast Traveller. Healthy Aperture bloggers have been ahead of the curve, creating some innovative dishes with the knobby green or purple kohlrabi -- everything from Raw Root Vegetable Bowls to Kohlrabi Fennel Slaw with Blue Cheese and Walnuts and Kohlrabi Chickpea Salad.
This member of the Brassica family of vegetables is similar in taste and texture to jicama, broccoli stems or radishes -- and it can be eaten raw or cooked (roasted or steamed). Kohlrabi is amazingly versatile. Salads are an obvious place to start. You can use a spiralizer to transform kohlrabi into noodles, or cut into match-sticks and combine with other vegetables. Besides the bulbs, don't forget the tender leaves on the long stems, which can be treated like collard greens and kale.
Get the recipes:
Kohlrabi Noodle Salad by Inspiralized
Carrot and Kohlrabi Salad with Harissa by Bourbon and Honey
Butternut Squash Pasta with Kohlrabi Greens by Inspiralized
Kohlrabi Salad with Cilantro and Lime by Feasting at Home
A classic kohlrabi preparation is soup. You can add chunks of kohlrabi along with other vegetables to soups and stews, or have kohlrabi be the star in a creamy, pureed soup.
Get the recipe: Vegan Cream of Kohlrabi by Vegan Miam
Or try turning your kohlrabi into fritters.
Get the recipe: Celeriac and Kohlrabi Rosti by MJ and Hungryman
Have you tried kohlrabi? For many people (including some of the Healthy Aperture bloggers), the first time they tried is when kohlrabi showed up in their CSA box. Look for it next time you're in the produce aisle in your supermarket or you visit your local farmer's market. And come back to Healthy Aperture for some kohlrabi inspiration.