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West Colfax kohlrabi is the chicken soup of the soil: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

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By 1904, West Colfax Avenue, originally the southern road from Denver to Golden, had become the main street of the Denver Jewish community. A longtime favorite of the "Mile Chai" West Colfax neighborhood is chicken vegetable soup made with Sloan Lake turnip, U-Hills parsnip and West Colfax Kohlrabi... As illustrated on the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packet shown above, West Colfax kohlrabi helped turn the no-man's-land of West Denver into a historic commercial corridor. Introduced by Eastern European settlers, West Colfax kohlrabi are round, above-ground "bulbs" that have smooth, light green skin and tender, creamy white flesh.

West Colfax kohlrabi have a mild flavor and a sweet turnip-like taste. The bulbs grow above ground and should be picked when they are about the size of an apple. The plant is extremely productive and needs little care. The only problem an urban farmer will have growing West Colfax kohlrabi is trying to eat it as fast as it grows.

West Colfax kohlrabi are a good source of vitamin C and potassium and are low in both sodium and calories. One cup of diced and cooked kohlrabi contains 140 percent of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C and only 40 calories.

Find the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company Seed Packet for your neighborhood: Alamo Placita arugula, Belcaro broccoli rabe, Berkeley broccoli, Cheesman cucumber, City Park celery, Country Club cabbage, Cole pole bean, East Colfax okra, Five Points beets, Hale kale, Highland Hops, Lincoln Park Asparagus, Mar Lee sweeties cherry tomatoes, Marston crookneck squash, North Capitol Hill carrot, Park Hill pumpkin, Ruby Hill habenero, Sloan Lake purple pop top turnip, Stapleton Brussels sprout, Sun Valley horseradish, Sunnyside sunflower, University Hills parsnip, Wash Park condo corn, Washington Virginia Vale watermelon, Westwood zucchini, and Windsor cantaloupe.

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