Kohlrabi is said to taste similar to a turnip or cabbage but with much more sweetness and mildness. Like a turnip, the bulb grows above ground just about soil level. Several different varieties can be green, white, and even purple or blue.

When to Plant

Ideally, you would start Kohlrabi indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of the season. Alternatively, you can direct sow your seeds 4-6 weeks before the last frost of the season.

How to Plant

Grow your Kohlrabi in any loose soil. Direct sow your seeds 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Plant the seeds about 1/4″ deep with about ten seeds per foot. If you’ve started your plants indoors as most do in our colder Canadian climate, you can transplant them when they’re about 4″ tall and about 5″ apart in rows separated by approximately 1′.

How to Harvest

Harvest your full bulbs when they are about 2″ in diameter. When cooking, treat the stems as you would on a turnip. You can store your Kohlrabi for several weeks in the refrigerator or for months in a cool root cellar. The bulb and the leaves are both edible and a great addition to any recipe.


Try cooking up the young Kohlrabi leaves for a stirfry.

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