The New International Encyclopædia/Kohl-rabi

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KOHL-RABI, kōl'rä'bḗ, or, more properly, Kohl-Rübe (Ger., kale-turnip). A cultivated variety of Brassica oleracea distinguished by the globular swelling of the stem just above the ground, to the size of a man's fist or larger, leaf-stalks spring from the swollen part, and add to the peculiarity of its appearance. The part used is the swollen stem and its uses are similar to those of the turnip. In quality it more nearly resembles the Swedish than the common turnip. It is cultivated like cabbage, and in Europe is grown to a considerable extent, but in America it has not become widely popular. For illustration, see Plate of Cabbage.