kohl·​ra·​bi | \ kōl-ˈrä-bē How to pronounce kohlrabi (audio) also -ˈra- How to pronounce kohlrabi (audio) \
plural kohlrabies

Definition of kohlrabi

: a cabbage (Brassica oleracea gongylodes) having a greatly enlarged, fleshy, turnip-shaped edible stem also : its stem used as a vegetable

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Recent Examples on the Web After observing the high percentage of centenarians with goiters—a condition that accompanies a low-functioning thyroid—Pes speculates that thiocyanate from a steady diet of kohlrabi may blunt thyroid function. National Geographic, "These traditional diets can lead to long lives," 17 Dec. 2019 And that kohlrabi, the alien-like bulb that Berens says epitomizes the perks of CSA membership? Washington Post, "11 cookbooks that inspired us in 2019," 9 Dec. 2019 Among the vegetables are 17 kinds of tomatoes, 22 types of peppers, kohlrabi, and cucumbers. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Shedd Aquarium horticulturalist-beekeeper to retire after 25 years, leaving legacy of sustainability," 6 Sep. 2019 From the fields, Davis plans to have Brussels sprouts, a variety of potatoes, beets, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, zucchini, carrots, cabbage and other produce. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time to get Southcentral Alaska produce - before the frost does," 12 Sep. 2019 Vegetable plants to be available for sale will include broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, celery, Swiss chard, cauliflower, lettuce, mustard greens, collards, and bak choi. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County Master Gardeners annual Fall vegetable-herb plant sale scheduled Oct. 12," 11 Sep. 2019 Heading the list at cole crops, including broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, turnips, mustard, chard, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi and collards. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Yeah, it feels wrong, but it’s time to plant your winter vegetables," 30 Aug. 2019 Add the kohlrabi and a pinch of salt and toss to coat. Los Angeles Times, "The once-a-year ingredient you should order now," 20 July 2019 Set out seedlings of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chives, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, parsley, spinach, and Swiss chard. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of kohlrabi

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kohlrabi

German, from Italian cavolo rapa, from cavolo cabbage + rapa turnip

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The first known use of kohlrabi was in 1807

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24 Jan 2020

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“Kohlrabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kohlrabi. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kohlrabi

: a type of cabbage that has a large, round stem and that is eaten as a vegetable


kohl·​ra·​bi | \ kōl-ˈrä-bē How to pronounce kohlrabi (audio) \

Kids Definition of kohlrabi

: a cabbage that does not form a head but has a fleshy roundish edible stem

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