Charlemagne’s choice

Kohlrabi doesn’t have the same recognition as other plants, but it’s a versatile species with a long and varied history writes Ros Drinkwater

17th October, 2009

If you grew up eating kohlrabi, the chances are you were born north of the Alps or east of the Urals.

Since the Middle Ages, it’s been a favourite in northern Europe, a staple veggie in Kashmir, and hugely popular in China and Vietnam It appears in the earliest known cookery book, that written by Apicius, the Gordon Ramsay of Imperial Rome. He called it the Corinthian turnip.

It got its German name...

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