Kohl Rabi may look like a root vegetable but in fact it is actually related to the cabbage, it smells like cabbage but tastes like broccoli stems. High in Vitamins and minerals, it is a great alternative to boring old cabbage and turnips and much like cabbage, Kohl Rabi comes in Green or Red colour. The leaves when picked small and the plant is still young, can be used like spinach or collard greens - chop them up into a salad or cook and steam them.
Kohl Rabi are easy to grow in the garden (as they need the space) so keep at least 10-25cm between each plant, and you can harvest them in just 7-10 weeks! They work well next to beetroot, rhubarb, cucumber, marigold and natsurium. Avoid growing close to beans, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Protect them from white butterfly using McGregors Derris Dust.
Choose the seeds for you;
Kohl Rabi Seed Purple Azure Star
Purple Star has purple skin and crisp white flesh. Excellent used raw in dips or grated into salads. Stir-fry hot vegetables or, why not try Kohl Rabi deep-fries. Unusual yet interesting!
Kohl Rabi Seed Green
With a sweeter, milder taste to turnip, this green cabbage-like vegetable is great for steaming, soups and stir-fries - while the leaves are great for steaming and chopping up in salads.
How to Sow
Choose a well-drained site in full sun. Best sown into seed trays for subsequent transplanting, or can be sown directly into gardens.
Sow seed 4cm apart and to a depth of 5mm
Care for seedling
Keep seedbed or 'trays evenly moist during the germination period of 7-14 days. Apply McGregor's VegeMax 1 week after germination for healthier plants and a maximum crop. Protect your vege garden from snails and slugs with McGregor's Snail and Slug bait and from White Butterfly with McGregor's Denis Dust.
Hints & Tips
At 6 weeks transplant to 30cm apart.
17 January 2021