Raab/ Rapini Broccoli Seeds - (Brassica rapa)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 45 days
- Days to Germination:
- 5-10 days @ 70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Raab is from the "Cima di Rapa" strain that makes small heads or shoots with lots of edible leaves and is very popular throughout Italy, especially in the South. Also called "asparagus broccoli" in Italy. Its tender shoots have a slightly spicy/peppery, broccoli-asparagus flavor that gives zing to salads, stir-fries and steamed dishes. Great as a very early spring or a fall and winter crop.
Plants will grow to about a foot tall and will grow side shoots after the first harvest - a true "cut and come again" variety. A second, smaller harvest is normally possible within 7-10 days after the first. A Connoisseur’s delight.
Broccoli originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and was imported into Italy at the end of the 16th century. From there it migrated north into Germany and France.
The stalks may be eaten like asparagus. In Italy it is usually cooked with garlic, olive oil and white wine. Broccoli can be eaten fresh or cooked.
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I am VERY pleased with Broccoli Raab and I'm not a big fan of bitter greens; however, I cannot believe how EASY it was to grow this veggie. I'm in zone 8b, and were still in a drought; but Raab simply took off when I planted 6 week old plants in the ground in October technically, I was already 4 weeks late with planting. Out of the 20 seeds I planted 20 germinated. I've watered with soaker hoses from under ground and kept the plants mulched with wood chips. I've fed the plants with turkey compose tea; heavier feeding at planting time. They're gorgeous! All the brassicas require more feeding but Raab I've skipped a feeding or two and they are bright green, about 2 feet tall. The flavor is mildly bitter younger plants are not as bitter. It grows fast! I've given more away than i can eat! If you enjoy bitter greens, and want almost instant gratification in the garden try Broccoli Raab just don't over cook them!. We had our first freeze 29- 33 degrees overnight and they still look amazing. All my other brassicas look ticked-off. I've really enjoyed growing this plant.