January 2, 2013

Veggie Fact of the Day

New Veggie #65 - Kohlrabi Greens
I've previously done a post on Kohlrabi and its nutritional benefits (see New Veggie #17). Kohlrabi Greens and stems are a rich source of Vitamin C (>100% RDA), similar to the bulbs themselves. Also, the greens have only 27 calories/100g, negligible fat and zero cholesterol. The green stems are loaded with phytochemicals (asisothiocyanates, sulforaphane, and indole-3-carbinol) that are supposed to protect against various cancers and are also rich in various B vitamins - thiamin (B1), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and pyridoxine (B6). In addition, the leaves and stems are rich in a variety of minerals - copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and phosphorus are especially available in the stem. Kohlrabi leaves or tops, like turnip greens, are also very nutritious greens abundant in the carotenes, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.

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