Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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’.

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