Kohlrabi (cabbage turnip) is a cultivar of Brassica oleracea Gongylodes Group that shares the same species with Brussels sprouts, collard greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, savory cabbage gai lan, among others. It has a round bulb (white, pale green, or purple) and long stems with leaves.
You can eat it raw in salads or cook it, and its bulbous stems are the most loved part, and it is not a root vegetable like turnips or parsnips. However, you can also eat kohlrabi greens just like you eat kale or collard greens.
Is it ok for rabbits?
Yes. Rabbits can eat kohlrabi, its stems, and greens in moderation. For the kohlrabi greens (leaves and stems), make it part one of the 5-6 different greens you give your furry critters, once or twice a week. A packed cup is enough for a two-pound weighing rabbit.
On the other hand, for the bulbous vegetable part, give your rabbits about two small slices or a teaspoon per a two-pound of their body weight as a treat. Feed it as you do to bell pepper, carrot, zucchinis, okra, pumpkins, and other non-leafy vegetables.
Is it nutritious?
Nutritionally, the bulbous stems have vitamin B6 and C, as well as some small amounts of folate, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Also, it has glucosinolates, anthocyanins, and isothiocyanates, which are antioxidants that will help minimize free radicals and reduce the chances of chronic illnesses.
On the other hand, the leaves or tops are nutritious with vitamins A, B, C, K, as well as other nutrients, chlorophyll, and antioxidants.
In the context of the rabbit diet, kohlrabi means the greens or tops and not the bulbous stem, a reason why you will find it in the leafy vegetable. Otherwise, the stems are non-leafy veggies.