A few days ago I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from an evening coaching session. I have to admit, I look into other people's grocery shopping carts when I am at the grocery store, because I find it interesting to observe what foods people tend to purchase. The couple in line in front of me had one of the worst carts I have seen in a very long time... To start, there was nothing fresh. Everything was either frozen, or in a cardboard box of some kind. It was so sad, that I REALLY wanted to take a picture of it all and post it on twitter/facebook/blog with a caption - 'what not to buy when you go grocery shopping'. I didn't do that, of course. That would have been rude. It was somewhat comical when the check out lady had to ask me what one of my purchases was - it was kohlrabi.
I guess kohlrabi isn't as well known as other vegetables, and what can I say - I am a sucker for those odd vegetables that most people shy away from because they don't know how to prepare them! Why should you bother with this somewhat random vegetable? Here is a bit of information about Kohlrabi:
Similar to kale, cabbage, collard greens, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and several additional vegetables, kohlrabi is a member of the cruciferous (cabbage) family. It's taste and texture is somewhat similar to that of broccoli stems, but a bit more mild (at least for the white variety. There is also a purple variety, but it is not as readily available). It is a good source of thiamin, folate, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It is a very good source of vitamin C, fiber, B6, potassium, copper and manganese
Similar to other members of the brassica family, Kohlrabi contains several phytochemicals that appear to protect against prostate and colon cancers and it is also has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
A word of caution, similar to other members of the cruciferous family, it contains goitrogens that can directly interfere with thyroid function - if you have a thyroid condition or an existing iodine deficiency, avoid consuming members of this family in their raw state, as cooking helps inactivate the goitrogenic compounds.
So next time you are at the grocery store, pick up some kohlrabi and try these baked 'fries'!
- 1 Kohlrabi
- 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or melted coconut oil)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Juice of 1/4 lemon
- Preheat oven to 375
- Peel kohlrabi and cut into sticks
- In a bowl, mix oil and spices
- Add the kohlrabi sticks and toss until well coated
- Spread on a baking tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper (optional)
- Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, but not soggy
- Drizzle with juice of 1/4 lemon and serve with BBQ sauce