Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
"Broccoli Rabe" or "Brocoli Raab" has many spiked leaves surrounding a button-sized green bud that looks similar to a small broccoli head, sometimes crowned by small edible yellow flowers. This European native is common in Mediterranean, Italian, and Asian cuisine and is growing widely popular in the US. The flavor is described as nutty, slightly bitter, pungent, and almost almond-flavored!
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||Broccoli Rabe, Spring Rapini
Brassica rapa var. Ruvo
|Days to Germinate:||7-14|
|Days to Harvest:||40
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Sunlight:||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Seeds Packed For**:||2023|
*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds.
**Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
Soil Preparation:To prepare soil, remove weeds, large rocks, and litter from the planting area. Leave small weeds and dead grass, they will enrich the soil when turned under. Spade the soil 8-12 inches deep and turn each shovel of soil over completely to cover the plant materials with soil. You may add fertilizer or 2-3 inches of organic material such as compost, leaves, or rotted hay over the planting area at this point. Till to mix this organic material into the top 8-10 inches of soil. Make rows of soil beds 4-6 inches high and at least 3 feet apart. This formation of ridges will help with drainage. Romansco grows best in well-drained, sandy loam soil that is neutral or slightly acid soil (pH 6.0 to 6.5).
Planting:Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warm. To make transplants, seeding indoors in the middle of March is recommended. Seedlings are ready to be planted outside when they are about 6-8 inches high with 6-8 true leaves. For direct sowing, plant seeds in a single seed line in 3-foot apart raised beds. 2-3 inches apart at 1/4 inch depth. Cover thinly with soil and water after planting. After the seeds come up and plants are 3-4 inches tall, thin to 14-20 inches apart.
|Planting Depth:||1/4 inch|
Care During the Season:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.5 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g||
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g||
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 49 mg||2%|
|Potassium 468 mg||13%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10 g||3%|
|Dietary fiber 3.8 g||15%|
|Sugar 2.5 g||
|Protein 4.2 g||8%|
|Vitamin A||18%||Vitamin C||220%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||15%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|