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how to grow and use kohlrabi

 
Leah Sattler
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I need to do little more then scatter some seeds half heartedly, pat them into the ground and make sure they recieve adequate water. the only trouble I have had is with bunnies (I think it was bunnies  :roll  munching them.

they mature fast, you can eat the whole plant, they are good cooked or raw and have a mild sweetish flavor and just are a nice overall, easy/trouble free addition to the diet.






http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/kohlrabi/
 
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For those who have not eaten these, they taste like a turnip.  Being a brassica, treat it as you would a turnip/cabbage/radish/broc/cauli/collard.  They will take a frost and hold up just fine.  With kohlrabi, you can't let them get too big or they will get woody.  About the size of a baseball starts to get too big.  The size of a lemon is perfect.

I've made pickles out of these, found the result to be tolerable.

You can boil or stem them, serve with a pat of butter or gravy. 
They bake well, holding their shape.
Prepare as you would a turnip or potato.

You can slice, dice, shred, spiral cut, or leave whole.

They have been described as looking like an alien spaceship.
 
Jami McBride
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Wow, thank you Leah - I had lots of kohlrabi this last fall, it just took off.  And after using it in salads I ran out of things to do with it.  So I fed it to the animals    Even my ducks enjoyed it.

 
Leah Sattler
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It seems so easy. do you think it has potential as animal feed? it seems brassicas have some contraindication for making up a really large portion of the diet. but I can't remember why......something about uptake or absorption of a particular nutrient
 
Gwen Lynn
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I remember raw eating kohlrabi as a kid, just like an apple and I really liked it! 
 
Jami McBride
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Hum.... this is a hard search, because much of the information found involves other factors. 


http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5091195/description.html
My empirical studies have revealed that changing the diet of laying hens to include cabbage serves to reduce the cholesterol content of the resulting eggs. By dehydrating the cabbage leaves before feeding them to the hens, this cholesterol reduction is appreciably greater since approximately four times as much of the chemical constituents of the cabbage can be fed to a hen, roughly four ounces per day. This provides greater concentration of these active constituents, including an enzyme that induces an enzyme cytochrome P-450 to break down the cholesterol in the body of the hen.



So I wonder    if you could run your kohlrabi through the leaf shredder, allow it to dry and then give it to your animals  LOL

 
Ken Peavey
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how about smash a kohlrabi between a couple of cinder blocks?  Chickens are not too particular.
 
George Lee
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Planting (white) kohlrabi is my backyard for the fall (zone 7/..looking much forward to it,as it's such a versatile crop. Love being able to eat all parts.
How long have ya'll been able to store it? It's hard as a rock, so I imagine quite some time, much like a potato.

peace -
 
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