Planting the best organic kohlrabi seeds
- Thrives in bright, sunny growing areas
- A cool-season annual with a delicious, edible stem
- Taste and texture is similar to that of broccoli stems
- Can improve metabolism and is high in calcium and magnesium
Plant the best organic kolhrabi in spring or fall
If you aren't currently cultivating this tasty root vegetable in your yard, you should start! Kohlrabi, like other brassicas, is a nutritious cool-season crop that tastes great. This two-season crop may be planted in the spring or the fall, but because the entire plant is only harvested once, grow numerous plants so you can enjoy several organic kohlrabi bulbs throughout the season!
Organic kohlrabi planting instructions
Direct-seeding organic kohlrabi four to six weeks before the final spring frost works wonderfully. Once seedlings have two sets of genuine leaves, thin seedlings to four inches apart. Or, start your organic kohlrabi seeds inside six to eight weeks before the first fall frost for a fall harvest. When seedlings are about four inches tall, they are ready to be transplanted outside; place seedlings four to six inches apart to allow the bulbs to completely develop. Kohlrabi enjoys full sun and well-draining, nutritious soil for planting, although it does benefit from some afternoon shade in hotter locations to shield this cool-season annual from excessive heat.
When to harvest organic kohlrabi
Organic kohlrabi develops swiftly, and bulbs are ready to harvest in two months or when they are at least two inches in diameter. Depending on the variety, kohlrabi bulbs can be white, green, or purple, but the flavor is comparable to that of a salad turnip, but sweeter. Kohlrabi tastes best after a frost because the low temperatures bring out a delightful, sweet flavor that will make you marvel how a vegetable can taste so much like a fruit. Cut the base of the bulb at ground level to harvest your organic kohlrabi. Trim and discard the stems (or preserve them for a tasty veggie soup!) If you don't take the skin off the bulb, it may have a bitter taste to it.
Nutritional benefits of organic kohlrabi
Organic kohlrabi, like other brassicas, is a nutritious powerhouse. It is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, which help the body fight pathogens and inflammation. Kohlrabi is also high in fiber, which is essential for digestive health.
Eat it raw like an apple, slice it up and bake it in the oven, or toss it into a hearty stew! Kohlrabi is a versatile vegetable with a plethora of fascinating ways to use it in your cooking. Another advantage of kohlrabi is that it doesn't have to be used right away; the bulbs may be stored in the fridge for up to three weeks (if you can resist eating them all at once!). We’re confident that you’ll fall in love with this quirky cruciferous vegetable.
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting organic kohlrabi seeds, see the Kohlrabi Seeds Planting Guide.