Broccoli Raab is an incredible green-budded variety of sprouting broccoli, which crops more heavily and much more quickly from seed to harvest than Purple Sprouting.
Hugely popular in the Mediterranean, this little known vegetable is eaten when the heads are young, looking a little like sprouting broccoli. The flavour is somewhere between that of broccoli and spinach, but with a lovely tangy mustard tone (that gives away its relation to the turnip!). Very quick, around 40 days from sowing, and easy to grow, it also requires little space making it perfect for pots. Our variety has been specially selected for the vagaries of the British climate.
- Soil: Neutral - Alkaline
- Height: 40cm (16in)
- Group/Species: Heritage/(Cima di Rapa)
- Common name: Broccoli raab, Rapini
- Moisture: Well-drained
- Aspect: Full Sun
- Spread: 15cm (6in)
Sow Cima di Rapa directly is usually sown March-June, and can also be sown October. Sow 1cm (1/2 ") deep into prepared soil. Avoid very hot or very cold weather. Germination will vary depending on the weather. Should be ready to harvest 40-60 days from sowing.
Water regularly. Keep weed free. May require staking. Can be container grown. This vegetable should be eaten young, like sprouting Broccoli.
Harvest 40-60 days from sowing. If you harvest carefully, leaving the lower 2 leaves intact, further growth will often re-sprout several times. Steam, sautéed, boil or stir-fry the leaves /heads for 8-10 minutes only. The plant bears yellow flowers which are also edible.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.