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September 2015 Issue

Kohlrabi, the Subtle Cabbage

The folklore. Kholrabi, Brassica oleracea, is a humble cruciferous vegetable whose name means “cabbage turnip” in German. With a taste similar to a combination of cucumber and mild broccoli, kholrabi has a more subtle flavor than its cabbage family cousins, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. Its most distinguishing feature is an above-ground bulb, called a “globe.” Kohlrabi was first documented by a botanist in 16th century Europe before making its way to America in the late 1800s.

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