kohl·​ra·​bi kōl-ˈrä-bē How to pronounce kohlrabi (audio)
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plural kohlrabies
: a cabbage (Brassica oleracea gongylodes) having a greatly enlarged, fleshy, turnip-shaped edible stem
also : its stem used as a vegetable

Examples of kohlrabi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My daughter, who is almost one, loved the Panisse and Kohlrabi, an elegant, cerebral appetizer made up of rounds of airy chickpea flan that is quickly fried for a crispy exterior and served with a little pile of dressed kohlrabi and a swoop of hot sauce. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 1 Oct. 2023 July Now is the time for lettuce, chard, collards, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, root vegetables including kohlrabi, potatoes, leeks, beets, and rutabaga. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 14 June 2023 Unlike some of it's ready-to-eat sibs, kohlrabi should be peeled first because the outside skin is thick and fibrous. Samantha MacAvoy, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2023 Other exemplary dishes include spiced duck breast with kohlrabi and local blueberries, and a side of spring carrots grown in a hoop house, dressed in tangy sweet layers of apple and ginger glaze, ajo blanco, golden raisin, and coconut chutney. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Also known as German turnip, kohlrabi is a green or purple-hued cruciferous vegetable (in the same family as broccoli or cabbage) and tastes like one, too. Samantha MacAvoy, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2023 Harvest volunteers pick the produce, mostly root vegetables including kohlrabi, potatoes, sweet potatoes and cauliflower, by themselves or in groups with family, friends or work colleagues. Judith Segaloff, Sun Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 After lunch, guests will receive a bouquet of seasonal flowers from the upstairs selection, whether blossoming mirabelle branches or a potted kohlrabi. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 But instead of actual recipes for cake, cookies, or kohlrabi, award-winning author Margaret Singer offers exuberant pages brimming with words to savor. Augusta Scattergood, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kohlrabi was in 1807

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“Kohlrabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kohlrabi. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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kohl·​ra·​bi kōl-ˈräb-ē How to pronounce kohlrabi (audio)
plural kohlrabies
: a cabbage that does not form a head but has a swollen fleshy edible stem

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