*With apologies to Theodor Geisel
Funny thing number 1: Kohlrabi
So...I know you’re not meant to judge by appearances, but if there was a competition for “Oddest looking vegetable”, I bet kohlrabi would be in with a very strong chance. It’s so alien looking, with all those appendages, and what about the colour?
Not surprising then that I’ve walked past poor old kohlrabi on numerous occasions, not even tempted to pick it up for a closer look. This all changed recently when a particularly interesting specimen was up for grabs at the markets. “Why not?”
What did it taste like? A lot like radish without the peppery bite. I used it in an Asian inspired “slaw” - kohlrabi, carrot, mango and coriander, dressed with a bit of soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil and rice vinegar. A sprinkling of peanuts added some crunch.
I can’t say I was completely bowled over by the taste, but I will definitely buy it again to add some interest to salads. Anyone got any suggestions on what else to use it for?
Funny thing number 2: Jaboticaba
Ok, these guys don’t actually look funny. In fact, they look very appealing, like giant blueberries. Which is why I picked them up impulsively even though I had no idea what they would taste like. “Buy first, google later” was my policy.
Turns out, these are a rainforest fruit also known as Brazilian grape. They even look grape-like on the inside. The taste is very tropical, a mix of tangy and sweet, typical of many fleshy fruits of this ilk. It reminds me a little of mangosteen and “langsat” (Lansium domesticum).
Apparently the pretty deep purple skin is edible but we found it too tough and also after a lot of chewing it tasted quite tannic and mouth puckering. So we bit holes in the skin and squeezed out the flesh instead. We really enjoyed these and would definitely buy it again, perhaps next time we’ll even cook with them.
And there endeth the funny.
Belated thanksgiving wishes to you, and have a great weekend.