Kohl Rabi ‘F1 Ballot’ is an early maturing purple variety. With round shaped stems and good quality, delicate flesh, it is resistant to bolting, stem splitting and lignification. Ballot is an F1 hybrid with good quality, delicate flesh; they are juicy, sweet and crunchy. It is one of the best varieties for a late season harvest. When most other Kohl Rabi become woody and strong, Ballot remains juicy, sweet and crunchy well into the autumn. It can be sown over a long period and holds well in the garden, offering high yields and excellent interior quality. The bulbs are a flat globe shape; the medium-sized tops allow for closer planting and so can be sown at high density for ‘baby’ production. Time to maturity is typically 75 to 80 days.
Kohlrabi is crisp with a delicate, sweet flavour and incredible crunch like a water chestnut. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet. The outer skin peels off without much effort to uncover a dense white flesh. The taste is difficult to describe, if you can imagine a cross between a pear, a turnip, and a potato; but with notes of cauliflower and celeriac. Either way, it's delicious and I would wager that most people who try it will be surprised and really enjoy the taste. In the kitchen, it's great for slicing or shaving into a salad, shredding into coleslaw, stir-frying, or roasting with a meaty entree. The leaves are quite a treat, too, slow cooked like you would other greens or sauté with garlic and olive oil.