Brassica rapa, rapini, broccoli rabe, flower and buds

Actually more closely related to the turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa) then broccoli, Rapini is likely the semi-domesticated descent of a wild herb originating either in China or the Mediterranean region.

Rapini is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and iron. The leaves, stems, buds, and flowers are edible. Photos of the flowers and buds below.

Brassica rapa flower

Brassica rapa flower

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3 thoughts on “Brassica rapa, rapini, broccoli rabe, flower and buds

  1. I am going to have a go at growing this Spencer. So far I haven’t had much luck with broccoli or brassicas at all to be honest. I think I am planting them at the wrong time. I hear that mid February is the right time to plant them from seed so am going to give it the old college try and see if I can’t have my very first winter garden this year. Excellent to see you back and good to see you guys are eating your greens 😉

    1. Yeah, I grew the Rapini throughout the winter here. They got hit by a few frosts without any issue at all. The more you snip off new buds to eat the more come back. Not sure when it will finally give up but they’re all going strong now and have been in the ground since october or november.

      1. So if I start them off in March for planting out in April that would be the best bet for us. Cheers for the share Spencer. I love broccoli but broccolini gives you more scope :)

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