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Kohlrabi and Yellow Wax Beans with Carrots

Kohlrabi was all new to me until I met Bill’s mother and tasted her great kohlrabi dish years ago.  

Kohlrabi, for those of you who are not familiar with it, is a German turnip.  The word comes from the German “kohl” (cabbage) and “rabi” meaning turnip.   You would think it is a root vegetable like a turnip but, is in fact a tightly packed version of its cousin, cabbage.  As you can see in the photo, it has a bulbous shape which is caused by the swelling of plant’s stem near the ground.  Some people think it tastes like broccoli, I think it tastes more like a mild turnip. 

Many people in the Midwest were raised in largely German communities who grew up growing and eating kohlrabi much like an apple.  Hamburg Township, Michigan has titled itself “Kohlrabi Capital of the World” and even had a kohlrabi festival but such enthusiasm has declined in recent years.

This is an excellent recipe for using kohlrabi whose taste complements yellow wax beans, carrots and onions.  After the vegetables have cooked in the water, make a gravy to thicken the mixture and there you have an excellent summer time side dish! 

Barely boiling

Kohlrabi and Yellow Wax Beans with Carrots

6 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, reserve bacon grease
2 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled, cut into large dice
2 pounds yellow wax beans, trimmed and snapped
3 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large white onion, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste


Fry bacon until crisp, reserve bacon fat.  Set aside.
Place all vegetables into a dutch oven or large pan.
Fill with water to top of vegetables.
Add about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease to mixture.
Keep at a low boil until vegetables are fork tender, about 30 minutes.
Make a flour and water paste, approximately ½ cup water and 3-4 tablespoons flour.  Stir or shake until flour is a creamy paste.
Push some vegetables in the pan to one side.
Add flour paste while stirring.
It’s just like making gravy but, this should be fairly thick and hold its own on a plate, not soupy.  If it’s not thick enough, add more flour mixture.
Add crumbled bacon and stir gently.

I love this ~ it’s one of my favorite summer time dishes!


  1. Sounds delish Pam. I haven't had Kohlrabi in years. My Mom is German and use to make it all the time. I'm going to have to hunt some down and make it. :)

  2. If if has bacon my husband will love it! I have had kohlabi in a restaurant before but I have never cook with it. I am going to give this a try!

  3. Yum, that does look tasty, Pam. I see kohlrabi at the market but admit that I've never cooked it. I guess its about time I try it.

  4. Hi Pam
    Nice to be acquainted.
    I am one of Bo`s Bowl follower and I saw his latest post.
    Wishing you all the best and keel up the good work.
    Delicious side dish.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

  5. What an interesting dish. I've seen kohlrabi at the farmers market and eaten it raw (quite nice and crunchy) but have no other experience with it. Thanks for teaching me a little more about it and sharing this recipe :).

  6. Kohlrabi is definitely something new to me, I've only seen two postings on this, yours and Angie's. If it tastes anywhere close to turnips, then it must be good! It is indeed interesting to know food from other countries and cultures. That's one of the plus point of blogging! Have a nice weekend.

  7. I've never had it before - not sure about the waxed beans - but I may give it a whirl. Thanks.

  8. You learn something new everyday, looks really good

  9. I have seen it before, but never tried it.

  10. I have not had Kohlrabi for ages, I must have a look around for some. Diane

  11. I've never seen kohlrabi before. I'll have to look for it at the farmers markets near here. My family loves turnips so I bet we would love this too. Your finished product looks delicious!!

  12. Well there you go. Kohlrabi is a new one on me. Looks pretty tasty!

  13. Hi Pam,
    Thanks for following my blog... I'm following you too coz I find that you have a collection of very homely made western dishes, plus I can learn a lot from you too!

    Nice post, this is...kohlrabi is new to me...only read it once from another blog...thanks so much for the picture---It does speak more than words.


  14. This is so interesting. I've never even heard of Kohlrabi!

  15. I'm glad you found my blog Pam! Thanks for visiting. I love yours too!

  16. Beautiful recipe. I grew up with kohlrabi and absolutely love it. Last summer here in Montana, I found a kohlrabi that was at least 3-4 pounds. I blogged about it last August, I believe. It was not woody at all. I love it creamed like my mother and grandmother used to cook for me. It definitely is a German thing.

  17. What a fabulous combination of tastes. I have never had kohlrabi but will pickk some up tomorrow when I go to the market.

  18. Just had some kohlrabi slaw...must try your recipe too as it looks so delicious too!

  19. I have never had kohlrabi, but love turnips and cabbage and anything like it so I'm sure I'd love it. Great sounding recipe-thanks!

  20. I am now a follower of your great blog.

  21. I have never heard of kohlrabi. Thanks for the great info about it. Your dish sounds great:)

  22. Kar, yes, it is definitely a German thing and so good. Here's hoping you try it!

    Linda, hope you do make it for your hubby. Bacon is a great thing in this!

    Cathy, it's kind of funny: I can find kohlrabi at the market easily, the yellow beans are a little hard to find sometimes.

    Ana Powell, welcome friend! It's nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by and you have a wonderful weekend also!

    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets, you're welcome and I'm so happy you stopped for a visit.

    kitchen flavours, you're so right! I've learned so much about numerous cuisines after reading so many great blogs. It's a plus for sure! You have a great weekend also!

    Vrinda, thank you for the stopping here!

    Chatty Crone, the wax beans have the same texture as a green bean with a thinner skin and a subtler taste. They're good!

    Jennifurla, great! Glad you learned something new!

    Bo, it's really good and you have a good weekend!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, hope you find the kohlrabi, you know it's good! Have a great weekend, Diane!

    Sheila, it should be easy to find at a farmer's market now. It's definitely harder for me to find the yellow beans. Thanks!

    Recipe for Delicious, something new! Hope you give it a go!

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, thanks so much! Yes, as they say a pic beats a thousand words. Have a good evening!

    Kathleen, I'm finding a lot of people haven't heard of it. It's good raw also.

    Amber, thank you and have a good weekend!

    Susan, now that is one large kohlrabi and for it not to be woody is a plus. I will have to look back in your blog! You're right about the German thing!

    Sage, great! I hope you buy it and enjoy it. It has a great taste and like I said a bit ago, it's good raw also but much better in this. grin!

    Angie's Recipes: funny, I've never had it in slaw and will be trying it. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Abbey, it tastes quite a lot like a turnip, probably a little milder and is great with the beans and carrots.

    Moogie, cool, thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  23. Raina, you're welcome and thanks so much! Have a good weekend!

  24. I've only ever eaten Kohlrabi raw, not cooked. (One year I grew beautiful purple ones- the kids said they looked like alien spaceships!) This recipe looks delicious- it's time for me to expand my culinary horizons!

  25. That's an interesting recipe Pam, I've never tested kohlrabi raw but your plate looks delicious!

  26. Great recipe Pam! I haven't had Kohlrabi in ages. When I was a kid my Italian grandmother use to make a kohlrabi and bean soup that was both hearty and delicious. Even as a kid I liked it. Your version is now in my bookmarks. Time for a kohlrabi revisit:)

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  27. scrambledhenfruit, LOL with the alien spaceships! I've never heard of purple kohlrabi, pretty unique.

    Zia Elle, thanks! It's really a good mix of veggies!

    ~~louise~~ Your grandmother's dish sounds delicious, I bet beans and kohlrabi pair perfectly. Yum! Hope you revisit the kohlrabi and try this! :)

  28. My mother grew kohlrabi, but haven't seen much of it since. You just may be the honoree for Butter Day. Love butter and the idea! And the word verification is "cardio."

  29. Sounds interesting and delicious. Thanks for posting and thank you for visiting my blog today.

  30. I've never been a big fan of wax beans but your dish looks so good I may try them again. Thanks for the great picture.

    Plan B

  31. Sound really delicious Pam! x gloria

  32. Buttercup, a little scary/funny with the word verification! BD would be a good thing.

    Kat, thanks and have a good day!

    Chef Bee, thank you! I like the yellow beans best when combined with other veggies.

    Gloria, thanks! It is!

    Magic of Spice, thank you and have a good day!

  33. Hello to my new blogging friend! I'm so glad to have stopped by your blog and now...I'm hungry.

    I'm having a recipe exchange and would love for you to send in your favorites.

  34. This dish looks really delicious! I will have to look for the ingredients, but I would love to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Hi, Pam. I hopped over from Parsley's blog. Just HAD to see who was with that delicious looking food.

    What a treat to see and learn about a new food. It looks good, too. Blessings.

  36. My only experience with kohlrabi was when I was a about 10, my neighbor and I planted a neighborhood garden. She insisted (her family was from Indiana) on planting kohlrabi, which we ate raw (yuk). This looks so much better.

  37. Glad you found my blog! I'm following yours now. Looks great!

  38. I have an award for you on my blog. sandie

  39. Wow! This looks great! Now I know what to do the next time I get my hands on some kohlrabi.

    Thanks for stopping by Krista's Kitchen. You've got a great blog here. I'm glad that I found it. : )

  40. My friend gave me kohlrabi from her CSA and I had NO IDEA what it was! After some research I came up with a dish and we really enjoyed it. This looks healthy and delicious, Thanks Pam!

  41. Parsley, I'm glad you stopped by and I will be checking out the exchange.

    Marguerite, you're welcome and thank you!

    Karen, thanks for hopping over! I too like to learn about new foods.

    Mimi, I agree totally with you! It's not the best veggie to eat raw but really is delicious when cooked, especially as in this dish!

    Lindsey Frances, welcome and thank you!

    Chatty Crone, great; thanks! I will be there soon!

    Krista, thank you so much! I'm glad you like the kohlrabi!

    Design Wine and Dine, isn't it great to try something new? Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

  42. we have lots of kahlrabi here..I love eating it raw...sweetness to it like raw cabbage with a dash of salt...great vegetarian dish...

  43. jelena, you're so right! It definitely has a uniquely good taste!

  44. hello Pam. my name is mike. i also live in illinois, a few miles from Terre haute indiana. i am very seriously considering growing Kohlrabi as a crop. i have had them in my garden for a couple years, and am on the verge of making them and other garden veggies a life work. i am 57, married, and really like the layout of your page. very nice. thanks for letting me post. hugs.

  45. delicious looking recipe, what was that yellow grease?


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