Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Myth: Kohlrabi has to be cooked before eating.

Answer: BUSTED!

Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family. The part we eat is the enlarged stem from which the leaves develop. This edible portion can be white, purple or green with a creamy white interior. It can be eaten raw in salads or cooked like a turnip.

Kohlrabi is a good source of thiamin, magnesium, folate, phosphorous, potassium, copper, manganese, fiber and vitamin C. In fact, one cup of raw kohlrabi contains 140 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and is only a mere 40 calories. So take advantage of all these health benefits by making kohlrabi a part of your diet.

Try out this recipe for Kohlrabi and Cabbage Slaw: http://missourifamilies.org/nutrition/recipes/KohlCabbSlaw.htm

Contributor: Maude Harris, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, harrismau@missouri.edu, 573.545.3516

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