Rapini – Spring Raab

$3.48

Also known as broccoli raab, rabe, and broccoletto, this heirloom variety resembles asparagus more than it does the large domed broccoli of today. It has small leaves and long, tender stems topped with delicate 2.5-cm (1″) flower bud clusters. With a flavour reminiscent of sprouting broccoli, rapini is a great addition to salads or sautéed vegetable dishes. Early and productive, with excellent side shoot production.

Price is for seed packets. Plants are available at store. 

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Description

Botanical name
Brassica rapa

Family
Brassicaceae

Spacing
1 per square foot. Very tall, back row only. Plants grow to on 52-cm (22″) tall.

Depth
Plant seeds 1 cm (½”) deep, indoors.

Requirements
Full sun is best, but will tolerate some shade. pH around 6-6.5.

Germination
Seeds will sprout in 6-10 days.

Pests
If the soil is rich and healthy and plants get enough water, the rapini will be very resistant to pests or diseases. Keep an eye out for cabbage moth caterpillars (cabbage worms). Hand pick these bright green 2-cm (1″) caterpillars off of the underside of leaves.

Timing
Plant from early spring to late summer. Transplant out when seedlings are 7 cm (3″) high. Set plants 2.5 cm (1″) deeper than they were grown inside the pots. Plant out with your spring planting in early April.

Growing
Make sure to cut leaves that spread over into neighbouring squares so they don’t shade other plants. Harvest promptly, once the buds flower. Rapini gets rather bitter.

Harvest
55 days

Season
Cool, annual