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Closely related to broccoli, Rapini (like broccoli) is originally from the Mediterranean area and has been popular in Italy for hundreds of years.
Closely related to broccoli, Rapini (like broccoli) is originally from the Mediterranean area and has been popular in Italy for hundreds of years. Today, Rapini is found growing in California, Arizona, New Jersey, Quebec and Ontario. As member of the cabbage and turnip family, Rapini is medium to dark green in color with slender stalks topped by clusters of tiny green leaves and buds.
Rapini may also sprout small yellow flowers. The entire plant, known for its pungent bitter flavor, is edible. It may be cooked in a variety of ways including frying, steaming and braising and is also popular in Italian soups, stews and salads. Oil extracted from the Rape seed (Rapeseed oil) is commonly marketed as canola oil.
Rapini from Melissa’s is hand-selected for excellent quality. Choose freshly colored, firm greens. Avoid wilted or yellowed leaves or stems. Keep unwashed and wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within 5 days for best flavor.
Rinse well and trim stalk bottoms. Separate stalks and boil for a few minutes. Rapini may also be sautéed, braised or microwaved.