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I don't know why I'm continually surprised that southern Germany is so lush and green. There are endless fields of grass and pasturage and every village and town sports buildings layered with flower boxes in storied rows, filled to overflowing with geraniums and petunias. John and Simone have a garden now, for the first time, and it's their passion and delight. They've built a raised bed rock-wall herb garden and filled a large patch with vegetables and a second one with flowers for cutting so that Simone can have fresh flowers in the house cycling constantly through the summer season.

There were several thunderstorms while we were there and though I don't think it rains as much as it does here in Sweden, there was often a just-washed brightness to the earth and sky. Simone had planted nasturtiums which had traveled all over the garden, and which she used in salad as well as little purple flowers whose name I don't know. We had fresh veggies and huge bowls of greens that accompanied every meal. When I started eating more salad last year, John introduced me to kohlrabi, not knowing he was creating a monster, as I eat it all the time now. It's such an incredibly versatile veggie and adds a delicious zingy taste to everything I put it with, whether it's crispy and raw in a salad or sautéed with snap peas and potatoes and salmon.

I've written about my love for kohlrabi before, actually, back when I first discovered them. Kohlrabi are created cultivars of the cabbage plant (the name is from the German for "cabbage-turnip") and taste much like crisp young broccoli stems.

Most of the kohlrabis that you can buy in the supermarkets, and the ones in John and Simone's garden, are about the size of your fist, or two fists together (which is about the size of your stomach, I read once). This one is from Simone's parent's garden and was nearly the size of Karin's head: we know, we measured.

Teetering, Tottering, Totally Tubular Birthday Wishes to Russell!
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karin looks so grown up! :-)

9 years old is nearly a young lady! :D

I imagine there were tons of giggles as this photo was being taken. I can see them lurking around her face, just about to escape.

We had to take more than one :D

i can't get over how grown up the kids are looking.
such cuties!!

They are shooting up!

Karin looks so grown-up in that picture!

9 years old is getting up there :)


Wow! That's some root! I've never tried it before but regularly "buy" its greens from our local veggie stores. They sell the leaves to us for about 15 cents a kilo and always ask after our rabbits when they do - apparently in Czechia kohlrabi leaves are not considered fit for human consumption. As a southerner though, I can't resist something like that tastes like a collard green when it's cooked up right good ;-).

julia @ kolo

You should definitely try the root itself! It's delicious. Just peel the green outer edge off and then slice up the root and eat directly or sauté it. Fabulous!


We definitely will try them!

Now that's BIG!

Did you bring any back to eat here?


I've just discovered that RAW beets are pretty tasty too....something different! Brush your teeth afterwards, though!

Carol in Sweden

Re: Now that's BIG!

I love raw beets. I grate them into my salad.

Re: Now that's BIG!

My mom is a big fan of raw beets, too, but I've never been a big beet fan...maybe she can introduce me when she comes in September and I can re-think my stance. :)

That is some BIG kohlrabi. I must admit, I still have never gotten into kohlrabi, probably owing to the fact that there are sooooooooooooo many already loved veggies and fruits happening at just the same time. I'll give it a try though, just for you.


Thanks for the birthday wishes -- had a great one!

Loved the photo. :-)


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