As a volunteer at the Green City Market in Chicago, I am surrounded by amazingly fresh, delicious, colorful produce every week. It’s heaven for me.
However, even with my love of fruits, veggies and cooking/eating delicious foods, the farmer’s market can sometimes evoke a “WTF” moment. What is that?? How do I make it?? Is it even edible?
Thus, I have decided to start a series of “Farmer’s Market: WTF?” posts. I will discuss what the food is, the nutritional benefit and my experience trying to eat and cook it.
First up: Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi, which got it’s name from a German term for “cabbage-turnip,” is actually packed with nutrition. For just 50 calories, a whole [medium-sized] bulb provides 6 grams fiber, no fat/cholesterol, little carbs/sugar and a whopping 180% daily value for Vitamin C.
Fabulous! But how do you get all of that nutrition into your body? How to eat it?
First off, when in doubt at the farmer’s market, ask the farmers. They can always provide tips for how to use a fruit or vegetable. However, it’s good to do a little experimenting as well.
In my case, the farmer told me that I could either peel it and eat it raw (think jicama), or roast it. Now, I’m all about eating raw veggies, but I wanted to have a backup plan just in case.
FRITTERS! You can pretty much grate any veggie and turn it into a delicious fritter.
- You can sort of tell in the picture above (top left corner), but I was able to cook the kohlrabi leaves (tastes and looks like Swiss chard). I just rinsed them, cut them up and sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Yum! And I love being able to use the whole plant.
- Raw kohlrabi: not as yum as I had hoped. It tastes sort of like a radish or the stem of broccoli (which is absolutely edible!). Would have been better with a little hummus or even with the Greek yogurt dip I used to top the fritters.
Kohlrabi & Yellow Squash Fritters:
- Wash & peel kohlrabi
- Wash one yellow squash (you could also use zucchini) and cut off both ends (no need to peel)
- Grate kohlrabi & yellow squash
- Blot between paper towels to get rid of excess liquid (note: you’ll need a lot of paper towels)
- Sprinkle with salt to help draw more moisture out
- 2 Tbsp almond meal (used this to lend a little sweetness, but you can certainly use bread crumbs or even flour)1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (+/- depending on your spice tolerance)
- 1/2 tsp smoke paprika.
- Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in large skillet pan and also spray with cooking spray
- Form patties (I made five out of my mixture)
- Cook for ~3-4 minutes on each side. Be careful when flipping (use two spatulas) because they are very fragile.
- Nonfat Greek yogurt (1/2 cup)
- Juice from jar of kalamata olives (2 tsp)
- Mix them together. This was a super-simple way to make a tzatziki-like sauce!
- Top with a kalamata olive and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
FARMER’S MARKET WTF: CONQUERED!