Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Kholrabi Slaw

Kohlrabi arrived in our box for the first time. In appearance, they immediately reminded me of the above characters. I was not familiar with kohlrabi and had certainly never cooked with it before. I checked in some friends who are also getting the FFTY box and the links at the bottom come from them.

Kohlrabi comes from the brassica family and " its origin in nature is the same as that of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and brussels sprouts." All of the plant is edible. But by the time I got around to using it the greens had withered. I decided to go with the kohlrabi slaw recipe that was included in the information sheet in the box as a starting point.

As I cut off the top and bottom of the three kohlrabi bulbs there was an aroma of mild horseradish along with a rooty smell that reminded me of broccoli stalk. The flesh was clean, crisp, and crunchy.

Kohlrabi Slaw

  • Peel and shred 3 kohlrabi bulbs
  • Peel and shred 2 large carrots
  • Peel and shred 2 Granny Smith apples
  • Add mayo - the original recipe called 1 1/4 cup. I started with a 1/3 cup and added more until it was to my liking
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • I added a few pinches of celery seed just because I had some
  • A pinch of salt
  • Lots of ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately or chill in a bowl until ready to serve.

Verdict: Quite tasty! I would make this again. The only downside was that it was a bit watery so next time I would let the shredded contents sit in a colander for a bit.

More kohlrabi resources:

Lots of ideas here in the comments section

Lots of links and ideas

Kohlrabi and Mache Salad

Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi and Apple Salad

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dormant Spray Schedule

Ever since planting the peach tree a few years back, I've been dealing with Peach Leaf Curl. This last year I tried a single application of a dormant fruit spray but I still had the curl.

Our little local newspaper had a short blurb on dormant spraying. This plan looks more promising and is easier to remember. I've added some formatting to make it visually easier to remember.

"Plan your dormant fruit spraying schedule to coincide approximately with cool weather holidays, when the rain lets up for a few days. Specifics cues are the fall of the last leaves (Christmas), the height of dormancy (New Year's Eve), and when buds swell, but before they show color (Valentine's Day). Spraying at the precise period of bud swell is particularly important--after the blossoms open is too late."

Additional resources: