Purple became the season’s colour for gardens in Summer 2018. The popular trend led to the gracing of plots with lashings of violet-hues in flowering plants and edibles. In vegetable patches across the UK, Purple Vienna Kohl Rabi was a favoured choice for its aesthetic and as a delicious ingredient. With bulbs that grow above ground, kohl rabi is prized for high yields being cold-hardy.
Last year, Lushspace.io head gardener, Mus grew kohl rabi for approximately six months. The beautiful bulbs came up in June and he harvested them in early August. The cabbage-flavoured bulbs made an excellent cold meze sprinkled with olive oil and lemon juice.
To ensure another crop for this season, one of the kohl rabi plants was left to go to seed. Those seeds were then removed and dried on a window ledge for two weeks. Once dry, they were transferred to a cool, dry place for safe storage until Spring this year.
For gardeners interested on growing their own kohl rabi patches, June is too late in the season to begin sowing. However, they can be grown under cover for a later harvest. With sweet flesh and tasty whether cooked or raw, Purple Vienna Kohl Rabi is an excellent and easy maintenance addition to any vegetable patch.