Broccoli Rabe, also known as Rapini or
Broccoletti, is a common vegetable in the cuisines of Southern Italy (in
particular Basilicata , Puglia and Sicily), Galicia, China, and
Portugal. The plant is a member of the Brassiceae tribe of the
Brassicaceae, a large ranging nutritious group of vegetables that also
contains cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and many other healthy plants.
Some advise that broccoli rabe or broccolini can be very
bitter if it's late in the season or overgrown, but members of this CSA
will not likely encounter that problem. If for whatever reason it
strikes you as too bitter, you can simply blanche it in boiling water
for a minute and then use it as prescribed. Broccolini and polenta is a
great combo - very Italian.
Broccoli Rabe with Caramelized Onions Recipe
Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Italian Sausage
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