The Davis farmers market is a perfect mix of humble, sociable town center type open air market with tons of nutritious foods being sold for consumption and prepared for you including even vegan ice cream. 🙂 This past Saturday, I shopped at the Market and found kohlrabi as well as other rare asian fruits and vegetables. As it was explained to me by the sellers, these vegetables can be eaten either raw or cooked. If I had to explain its taste, I would say it has the same texture as jicama but has a nuttier flavor. Here are the recipes I chose to make from the Davis Farmers Cookbook using ingredients that are available in winter (yes, it is still crab season!) I made some variations for smaller quantities and because of curiosity.

Crab Salad on Belgian Endive Leaves with Avocado

  • 1 head Belgian endive

  • 1/2 cup cooked crabmeat

  • 1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and minced

  • 1/2 tbsp fresh tarragon

  • 1/2 tbsp fresh chives (I used green onions instead)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • sea salt

  • 1/2 avocado sliced

Cut 1/2 inch off the end of the base of each endive and remove the larger outer leaves. In a bowl, mix the crab-meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, apple, tarragon, chives (or green onions) and olive oil and season with salt.

Place a generous teaspoon of crab mixture into the base of each leaf and garnish with avocado slice(s).


I added Kohlrabi into this next recipe. I particularly liked this one. It had a crunch on the outside, but the interior was soft and meaty. I also loved the contrast between the sweet corn and salt. I did not worry too much about measurements. I just kind of eyeballed it. The mixture should be thick enough for you to be able to make 1/4 inch thick patties out of them to fry.

Sweet Corn and Fresh Oregano Fritters

  • 1 ear yellow corn or 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn

  • 1/2 kohlrabi, diced into about the same size as the kernels

  • 1/2 small onion diced into same size as the kernels

  • 1 1/8 cup of all purpose flour (I used whole wheat, unbleached flour)

  • (This recipe called for baking powder but I did not use it as I did not have it in stock)

  • black pepper, oregano, 2 eggs lightly beaten, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) for frying

Except for the EVOO, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and form small patties to fry in olive oil until golden brown.  While still hot, a grated parmesan cheese over them for an additional layer of flavor.