Family: Brassicaceae

Countries: England, Europe, France, Scotland, Spain, United Kingdom, Wales

Kohlrabi, also known by its botanical name of Brassica oleracea (Gongylodes Group), is an easy to grow and utterly delicious vegetable.  It may look a little quirky, but I can assure you that Kohlrabi is such a great vegetable to grow and eat!  Kohlrabi is one of my absolute favourite vegetables!

Many cultivars of Kohlrabi are available.  You can grow either purple and green coloured Kohlrabi; however, both colours look exactly the same when they’re prepared for eating.  The inside of kohlrabi is pale green/cream in colour.  It’s easy to prepare kohlrabi, you simply peel and cut away the tough outer skin.  Kohlrabi is delicious, it can be eaten raw or cooked.

Kohlrabi is a brassica, it’s easier to grow than many other brassicas, often succeeding when cabbages and cauliflowers fail.  Kohlrabi plants do sometimes attract cabbage white butterflies, who lay their eggs on the plants.  If you find this a problem, you can protect your plants by covering them with netting; I use Enviromesh.  Enviromesh can also protect kohlrabi from the cabbage root fly, which is another pest you may come across.  Although, I must say that I’ve grown Kohlrabi for many years, in different soils and climates and I find this vegetable is much less prone to pests and diseases compared to other Brassicas.

Sow Kohlrabi seeds from March until August; there’s no need to start your seeds in seed trays, sow Kohlrabi seeds directly where the plants are to grow.  These vegetables will thrive in sunshine or partial, dappled shade.  Sow Kohlrabi seeds15cm (6″) apart for regular, standard sized varieties; however, if you’re growing a larger growing cultivar it’s advisable to increase the distance between each plant.

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