What Is Kohlrabi? Nutrition, Benefits, and Uses

Kohlrabi is a vegetable that’s related to the cabbage family.

It’s widely consumed in Europe and Asia and has gained popularity around the world for its health benefits and culinary uses.

This article reviews kohlrabi, including its nutrients, benefits, and many uses.

What is kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi, also known as German turnip, is a cruciferous vegetable.

Despite its name, kohlrabi is not a root vegetable and does not belong to the turnip family. Instead, it belongs to the Brassica genus of plants and is related to cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.

It has a long leafy stem and round bulb that’s usually purple, pale green, or white. It’s always white-yellow on the inside.

Kohlrabi’s taste and texture are similar to those of broccoli stems and cabbage, although it is slightly sweeter.

The bulb is widely used in salads and soups but can also be roasted or sautéed. Its leaves and stems are slightly crunchy and cook similarly to collard greens.

Kohlrabi nutrition

Kohlrabi is an excellent source of nutrients.

One cup (135 grams) of raw kohlrabi provides:

  • Calories: 36
  • Carbs: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Vitamin C: 93% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Vitamin B6: 12% of the DV
  • Potassium: 10% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 6% of the DV
  • Manganese: 8% of the DV
  • Folate: 5% of the DV