MASTER GARDENER: Kohlrabi is essentially the most ignored vegetable of all: Bemidji Pioneer

Probably the most ignored vegetable I do know of is kohlrabi. I hardly ever see it on the seed cabinets of our native shops, so you’ll most likely need to search for it within the seed catalogs. Happily for us, the seed catalogs are all on-line.

Kohlrabi seems to be like a inexperienced turnip with leaves rising from the ball of the plant. They’re normally inexperienced however can be purple or white.

Most are supposed to be eaten at 2, 3, or possibly 4 inches in diameter, however some varieties like “Kossack” will get bigger and are good to eat even at eight inches in diameter. Any selection in a catalog will most likely be tremendous for some gardeners, however I actually like “Terek” from Johnny’s seed catalog.

Kohlrabi is a cole crop within the Cruciferae plant household and is subsequently associated to kale, radish, turnips, and kale. As such, they are going to be affected by the identical parasites as different members of the family.

I began rising kohlrabi when my turnips and turnips turned contaminated with cabbage root worms, which I proceed to battle with. The worms of this fly tunnel by way of the roots making them inedible.

The one time I’ve seen grownup flies is once I used a floating cowl on my cabbage. Lots of of small grey housefly-like bugs have been desperately making an attempt to get away from the cabbage. Kohlrabi is affected by these flies however the injury is completed underneath the half you wish to eat.

Kohlrabi might be planted together with your first planting in spring with radishes and onions. I normally begin a couple of underneath the lights inside for transplanting whereas I plant different seeds immediately within the backyard.

A spacing of 4 inches is sweet for normal sized varieties and 10 inches for big varieties.

I wish to plant 5 to at least one sq. foot with the middle plant being an excellent selection. Eat the smaller outer ones first which go away more room for the massive center one to develop to full dimension.

A Kossack kohlrabi is pictured rising in a five-gallon pot surrounded by cress. It was planted in mid-March, transplanted in mid-April, and is now almost three inches in diameter.
Contributed / Dan Sherman

Larger densities of the small varieties could also be doable. Kohlrabi prefers cool climates and will not thrive throughout heat climate. I have not skilled this in Beltrami County.

Kohlrabi is sweet sliced ​​and eaten uncooked or you’ll be able to cook dinner it any method you cook dinner turnips or turnips. They’re excellent in salads or might be shredded for coleslaw or a carrot salad-like dish. The leaves might be cooked or additionally utilized in salads.

Like most greens, kohlrabi could be very nutritious. One cup of kohlrabi offers 93% of your day by day vitamin C requirement. Additionally it is a superb supply of potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.

Giant sorts of kohlrabi maintain effectively within the fridge till Thanksgiving. Take into consideration the alternatives they may give us for vacation meals.

It isn’t too late to plant kohlrabi this 12 months. Final 12 months I planted a couple of by seed on June twenty second and received a superb yield. I believe you can plant them in mid-July and even later for a fall harvest.

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