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Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. caulorapa or Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes or Brassica caulorapa var. gongylodes), or kohl-rabi, is a low, stout biennial that originated in Germany around 4,000 years ago and is a member of the cabbage family (Gongylodes group). It is a cabbage that was selected for its swollen stems -- in German 'kohl' is cabbage and 'rabi' is turnip and it is so called because it has cabbage-like leaves and a turnip-like bulb above ground.

Varieties include White Vienna and Purple Vienna. Some varieties are food for cattle.

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