Kohlrabi - ever heard of it?

I saw it mentioned in the IDEA Fitness Journal I was reading this morning and thought I'd share with you all. Kohlrabi is a vegetable that looks like this:

Those little tendrils sticking out have had the leaves pulled out of them but if you get one with the leaves, you can eat those as well and prepare them like a salad.

For whatever reason, this picture of Kohlrabi, makes me think of Shrek.

Guilty of Photoshopping this but I couldn't help myself. This is the Shrek vegetable and I can just imagine Mr. Potato Head like parts being made to resemble Shrek and used to play with a Kohlrabi instead of a potato.

Anyway, Shrek over here is part of the cabbage family - said to be a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. It's a late Fall vegetable so we should see this popping up in some supermarkets and farmer's markets soon. (sigh) Although I hear some Asian and Indian supermarkets carry it year round. It seems to be a popular vegetable in Indian cuisine - used to make curry. Kohlrabi is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, B2 and B3.

If you peel away the green layer, a white flesh is revealed that can be eaten raw. It can also be grated and tossed into salads like radish, diced and used for soup, or mashed and mixed with potato. Visit simply recipes for tasty ideas on how to introduce this fall vegetable to your dinner table.