Michael Raffael reports
It's a very un-British vegetable, is kohlrabi. The French grew it as ravacaulos in the early Middle Ages (today, chou rave). Its German name, the one we've adopted, approximates to "cabbage-turnip". In this form it reached England about 400 years ago. It has never quite caught on here, having never fitted in with our traditional meat and two veg formula. Prodfact, a guide to "agricultural and horticultural produce" published in the 1980s, claims English farmers once treated it as sheep feed.
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