The alien on the allotment

Well actually, it’s Duncan’s kohlrabi!

It’s a fast-maturing brassica that (apparently) can be sown as a catch-crop or inter-crop. The white and green varieties can be sown between March and June and for a late autumn or winter crop the purple variety can be sown during July or August – we didn’t know this, so we sowed white and purple together and they’ve both matured at once – go figure!

They need plenty of water in dry weather to prevent woody roots but because they are fast growing they don’t suffer from disease as much as slower relatives.

Kohlrabi taste best when the swollen bulbs are about tennis-ball sized because they get woody if left any longer. But with successional sowing plants can be harvested until mid-December.

Kohlrabi leaves are popular with rabbits and guinea pigs and have a similar nutritional value to cabbage leaves.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, August 8, 2008


Blogger Claire said...

That's interesting. I've never tried it - eating it or growing it that is! Perhaps I should.

August 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

We've just made it into coleslaw by grating it with carrot, mayonnaise and lots and lots of black pepper - delish!

August 11, 2008 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Mark Hubbard said...

And the luscious Nigella's maple syrup coleslaw dressing I hope.

August 11, 2008 at 3:51 PM  

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