@InvaderXan I've never seen them sold in shops, which is why I haven't tried it since I was 7 and my parents grew it for us. They taste a bit like broccoli and cabbage, which makes sense since they're the same species :) I also love them because of how cool they look, I'm thinking of even growing them on the front yard because they look kinda decorative. They're probably my favourite vegetable.
The Dutch had a movement that translates to "old vegetables" - that is, encouraging people to grow eat and enjoy vegetables that have otherwise fallen out of fashion. So a lot of fancy Dutch restaurants will serve vegetables that I can't identify. I don't remember kohlrabi specifically, but I approve of the idea.
You get a little of this in the form of "heirloom" varieties but these tend to be aimed at the prestige foods crowd rather than as routine food items.
By contrast, the market in Groningen had a potato stall, with at least twenty varieties. You'd tell the guy what you wanted to go with them (boil, bake, mash, fry...) and he'd recommend a variety with cooking instructions.
@anne @InvaderXan @Some_Person Oh, I am very much down for this! Yes. Yes. Yes. Where I am (upper Midwest US) there has been a wonderful trend in restaurant cuisine, many are just as likely to serve cheeseburgers as they are to serve fiddleheads. Also (OMG) seasonally rotating menus are starting to become commonplace. Gimmie those heirloom veggies!!!
@stitchwitchery @anne @Some_Person
Seasonal variations are a thing I like a lot. It was something I really liked in Japan. Certain fruit, for instance, are only available at certain times of year, and they match the seasons. In Springtime, you start finding nashi on sale in groceries. In early Summer, it's biwa season.
And it's great. It makes those things feel a bit more special than just having them available anytime.
@InvaderXan @Some_Person Roughly half of my friends fall into that category. We are all quite poor, and most of them were raised on food that came out of boxes. Being blessed with a mother who gradened, and inheriting her Green thumb, I've appointed myself veggie ambassador to everyone. Something I count as my greatest achievements was getting my most picky of friends to not only try ”the weird purple thing” AKA an eggplant but also come back for seconds and thirds! Nothing is quit like having the privilege of feeding people plants you grew yourself.💚
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