The 411 on Kohlrabi Storage

June 18, 2007 at 7:47 am 9 comments


I wanted to write just a quick word on how to select and store kohlrabi.  This time of the year (early summer), look for kohlrabi that is about 2 inches in diameter with unmarked skin and healthy looking leaves.  In autumn, you can use bigger kohlrabi, up to 4 inches in diameter, without running the risk of getting one that’s too tough and woody. 

To store kohlrabi, snip off the leaves close to the bulbous portion (which is really a swollen stem, not a root bulb).  Then trim off the stems from the leaves.  Store the leaves in a ziploc bag with a damp paper towel.  Store the bulbous stem in separate ziploc bag without a paper towel.  Both will keep for a week if stored properly in your crisper drawer. 

p.s. – I promise this kohlrabi posts stint will be done by the end of this week.  With squash and baby leeks coming on at the farm, a change in the recipe line-up is sure to follow. 


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  • 1. Brooke  |  June 19, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Great blog! I’m so jealous of your close proximity to farm fresh produce. I joined a CSA this year, but would love to have a garden big enough to feed my family. Alas, my townhouse will not support that, so for now I will have to live with CSA and farmer’s market produce. I am looking forward to see what you do with your fresh food 🙂

  • 2. Jennie  |  June 20, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Thanks, Brooke! Yes, I’m definitely spoiled with the farm being so close at hand. But at least you have a CSA! They’re so popular here in Philadelphia that I couldn’t join one the past two years as they were all filled up.

  • 3. Gracia  |  July 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Had to look up how to store kohlrabi since I’m taking some to a BBQ this weekend in my relish tray. I feel very luck to live in Omaha NE because 1 mile from where I live and on my way to the nearest grocery store we have Wenninghoff Farms, a lovely farmers market. They grow everything in our short growing season and we love it. My daughter and I also have our own vege garden with peas, beans, tomatoes and cukes but we don’t grow much else. We eat fresh all summer long and well into the fall. I make salsa and spaghetti sauce etc for the winter months. Like your website!

  • 4. Gary Hively  |  July 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Hi, I’ve never used the leaves before. What do you suggest for them. Is it to be used like kale or swiss chard? Thanks. Gary

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  • 6. maggie  |  October 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve read you sauté or steam the leaves like spinach. I’m also going to make some Asian rolls with rice wraps and going to use both parts in the wrap.

  • 7. How to: Storing vegetables, part two « Neogen Blog  |  June 14, 2014 at 10:02 am

    […] Kohlrabi: Cut leaves and stems that are close to the bulbous portion. You can keep the leaves in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel, and the bulbous portion in a plastic bag without a towel. Both can go in the crisper. […]

  • 8. Kermit L Hodges  |  November 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    is there way to store kohlrabi for the winter? can it be stored in garden mulch or peat moss? we live in Idaho. Thank you kindly Kay

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