Good enough to eat
●● Kohl rabi ONCE a rarity, this member of the cabbage family is now commonly found in supermarkets.
The stem base is the edible swollen part. It is not a root, so can be grown in shallow soils.
Sow the crop thinly in drills 1cm deep, 30cm apart, in late spring through to summer in a sunny spot and sandy soil which has been dug in autumn.
Compost should be added if the soil is short of humus.
Thin the seedlings when the true leaves appear, and continue thinning until the plants are 15cm apart, providing protection against birds and weeding regularly. Soak the ground during prolonged dry spells. Pull the swollen stem bases when they are a little bigger than a golf ball.
They can be grated into winter salads or stir-fried, boiled or mashed with root vegetables. Good varieties include ‘Azur Star’ and ‘White Vienna’.