Welcome to this Interesting Vegetables edition of Whatchamacallit. If you’re a fan of broccoli stems, are intimidated by whole heads of cabbage (just use a big knife) or have any propensity towards eating seasonal vegetables that require minimal preparation — butternut squash, we’re looking at you — kohlrabi might be in your future.
Kohlrabi is a root vegetable in season through the fall and winter that resembles a green or purple turnip with leafy greens and tastes like broccoli-cabbage with a hint of sweet green apple. So if you ever fantasized about a vegetable that brings those three together, you’re in luck. You’re more likely to find kohlrabi at a farmers market, specialty gourmet or health food store than your local supermarket, but it’s worth hunting down, because it’s your new favorite thing to V-slice and make into salad. Or roast and purée into creamy soup. Or bread and fry. Basically if you’re in a vegetable rut, this will knock you right out of it.
And if you’re looking for something a little heartier, our favorite kohlrabi recipe of late happens to involve steak.
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