Kohlrabi in the German language means cabbage and that is the family line that Kohlrabi comes from. Kohlrabi is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip. The part that a person eats the most is a turnip-shaped stem with green leaves sprouting from it. There are many ways to prepare kohlrabi and they are raw, grilled, or in a stir-fry.
Kohlrabi is a stout, round, tuber vegetable that is also known as the German turnip and is part of the brassica family. The brassica family also includes cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts. This vegetable is native to Europe and its scientific name is Brassica oleranca.
This vegetable requires well-drained fertile soil and a good supply of sunshine daily to flourish. The edible stem will grow to mature in fifty-five to sixty days after the seed is sown and will weigh in at 150 grams. The tuber is tolerant to cracking and has a good standing ability for up to thirty days after maturity. Mildly sweet kohlrabi is rich in vitamins and dietary fiber, but only has twenty-seven calories per 100 grams of this vegetable.
This stemmed vegetable contains high amounts of the Vitamin B compound such as niacin, Vitamin B6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid that acts as co-factor in the various metabolism functions that are done in the body.
Kohlrabi is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Being low in these two things helps the heart be healthier and the circulatory system healthier, also. Saturated fats are known as the bad fats and high levels of this harmful cholesterol level in the blood. If the harmful cholesterol levels are high, they can lead to heart attacks or even a stroke.
This vegetable is a high source of Vitamin C and a cup of raw kohlrabi gives a person 140% of the required daily intake of Vitamin C. Strong immune system fights all kinds of diseases fighting entering the body and those diseases range from the common cold to dreaded cancer to cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin C helps the immune system by making it stronger and Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption. Plus those two, Vitamin C helps to regenerate the Vitamin E supply to the body.
Dietary fiber is another ingredient that is in high supply in the vegetable called kohlrabi. In a one cup serving of raw kohlrabi, the person will get five grams of dietary fiber, which is nineteen percent of the required daily intake of dietary fiber. Everyone knows that dietary fiber is good for regular bowel movements and the dietary fibers also promote healthy intestines and colon. Dietary fibers are also good at preserving the good bacteria in our body and these functions contribute to lowering the risk of digestive problems, hemorrhoids, and colon cancer.
A cup of raw kohlrabi contains fourteen percent of the required daily intake of potassium. Potassium helps the muscles, nerve functions, and getting rid of leg cramps. People with low potassium will get leg cramps in the night as well as in the daytime. Nerve transmission and nerve excitability depend on the adequate levels of potassium in the body.