Freaky Fruit: Purple Kohlrabi
Root vegetables are top of the heap when it comes to nature’s weirder bounty. And now – with the fall season well underway — they’re beginning to make their debuts at farmers markets throughout the city. Pug-like celeriac, bulbous Jerusalem artichokes and other strange-looking root vegetables can be spotted at many farm stands. Ever heard of or seen purple kohlrabi? This unusual vegetable looks like a purple turnip with tentacles. The “alien turnips” were going for $2 a pound at the Norwich Meadows farm stand at the Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday.
Kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family, is similar in taste and texture to broccoli stems, only milder and sweeter. It can be eaten raw or cooked, but the smaller-sized ones are better. Kohlrabi much bigger than four inches in size tends to be woody, according to Wikipedia.
Kohlrabi is high in fiber and low in calories. One-half cup of the odd veggie has 2.5 grams of fiber and only 19 calories. It also contains potassium, calcium, folic acid and vitamins A and C.
Kohlrabi is anything but alien in Kashmir, where it is served for lunch or dinner three to four times a week.
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