Standing orders, getting involved, and kohl-whatbi?

Standing orders
Do you place a regular order every week? Tired of having to log onto the website every week to place your order?

A few weeks ago we launched standing orders, allowing you to place an order once, and have the same order automatically placed for you each week when the site opens.

To place a standing order, choose “Place a standing order” from the dropdown after your password when you log in. It’s very important to note that your standing order won’t apply to this week – so even if you place a standing order now, you will also have to place an order as normal to get your box this Thursday.

Not all products are available as a standing order – only those our buyers think will be available more often than not. If there’s something you desperately want on there, please let us know!


You may have noticed another of those weird veggies on our list recently. Kohlrabi, available from Abalimi and grown right here on the Cape Flats, is also known as German Turnip. Kohlrabi is a cabbage cultivar, and is only known by its common name because of its resemblance to turnip, not because of any family connection.

As a member of the cabbage family, it’s a descendant of wild cabbage, just like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and brussels sprouts and shares similar nutritional characteristics. It’s a very good source of Vitamin C (one cup contains 140% of the RDA), vitamin B6, potassium, copper and manganese, and a good source of thiamin, folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

Once very popular in Europe, it found its way to northern India, and has become quite well established in parts of Asia. Fairly unusual elsewhere, it has been superseded by its more well-known cousins in Europe although it’s making a comeback.

It can be eaten raw or cooked, and the stems and leaves can be chopped into a salad, or used as an ingredient in raw soup. They can also be used on the braai, sliced or chopped, dipped in oil, sprinkled with salt wrapped in foil. The tough base is normally cut off. Smaller kohlrabi are generally tastier, while larger ones may need the outer layer peeled, and will be more woody.

Best as always is to grow your own, and we’re lucky enough to have kohlrabi seed from Sandveld Organics.

Want to get involved with the Ethical Co-op?

Do you share our vision of inspiring community growth by promoting authentic foods and products? Want to get involved? We’re looking for a warehouse co-ordinator, for more distributors as well as more collection points.

More information on the roles and how to apply is available at each of those pages.

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Have a great, and hopefully slightly cooler, week.
The Co-op team

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