This beautiful looking veggie is a kohl Rabi. It's related to broccoli and is looks similar when growing apart from the swollen base of the stem.
I'd never eaten on until last week. I'm not even sure if Ive ever seen then in fruit and veggie shops. But P picked up some seeds for them awhile back and they have grown really well.
Really beautiful purple colour that my old camera doesn't do justice to.
After searching through all my recipe books (not with a lot of luck) I googled it and found a couple of recipes.
You can apparently eat them raw if you pick then young and tender enough but unfortunately ours are all beyond that stage.
I peeled it. You have to take off quiet a bit to get through the woody outer layers.
So firstly we tried it steamed tossed in olive oil at the end with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and garlic chives. It tastes a lot like a broccoli stem but also a bit like turnip.
And since I have been putting it in everything. Made a nice potato, leek, fennel and Kohl Rabi soup and it goes well in curries. I want to cook a potato bake and replace half the potato with Kohl Rabi tonight. We'll see how it goes.