New Crops 2020 – Kohlrabi

My Slice of Mexico

For this gardening season, in addition to using my seed stock, I am growing crops from four new packets:

001 seeds 2020

I have grown Long White Tokyo scallions and summer savory before, as well as cherry tomatoes (although not golden), but kohlrabi is a totally new-to-me crop.  From the German forms Kohl – cabbage and Rübe – turnip, kohlrabi received this name because of its globular shape, resembling a turnip:

710px-Kohlrabi Wikipedia CommonsKohlrabi plant growing in pot (this photo from Wikipedia Commons)

This vegetable is often confused for an actual cross between a cabbage and a turnip, but it is in fact a variety of the cabbage species Brassica oleracea, which includes many other common cultivars such as cabbage (savoy, green, etc.), cauliflower, collard greens, kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.  Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea, Gongylodes Gp) was artificially created to produce swollen stems which grow above ground (as seen above.)

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