Also called rapini or rapine, broccoli raab is a vegetable staple in Italian and Chinese cuisine and has recently become popular in the United States. Uniquely bitter in flavor, broccoli raab is also known for its high nutritional value.
Sow broccoli raab seeds in early spring in sunny location as soon as soil is workable. In rows 8-12" apart, sow seeds thinly and cover with 1/4" fine soil. Firm lightly. Seedlings emerge in 10-21 days.
Harvesting Broccoli Raab
Plants produce an abundance of small leaves and many side shoots no larger than a quarter.
Pick shoots and leaves in about 35 days. Harvest whole plants when sprouts are 1-2" across,
just as they begin to flower. Keep picking to extend harvest.