Kohlrabi, Superschmelz (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. 60-80 days.
Instead of the usual variety description, and because we are in love with kohlrabi and The X-Files, Sarah has written a mini-ode to Superschmelz. Enjoy.
Oh Superschmelz Kohlrabi,
how I adore thee.
The best part of broccoli
(the stem) – at least to me.
I didn’t think it possible,
but somehow you’re never pithy or woody.
Flavor so delectable
sweet, mild, and crunchy.
You grow all year round;
your storage life is otherworldly.
Shaped like a planet – mighty Jupiter,
not mini Mercury.
You look like an alien
I Want to Believe.
Like a nova, you are Super
what is a Schmelz, anyway?
(Schmelz is a town in Germany where they grow giant green kohlrabi. The Truth is Out There.)
Seed produced in collaboration with Whisper Hollow Farm in Brownsville, Oregon.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow indoors with good potting soil February through July. Transplant 3-4 weeks after sprouting, spaced 12-18″ on center. May also be direct sown. In our region, kohlrabi can grow through the winter without protection and produces best when sown in July for this purpose.
Collect seeds from 50 or more plants when seedpods have dried down. Cut seed heads, place on tarp, and dance to free seed. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other B. oleracea by ½ mile.