What’s this leafy green in my co-op style produce share that kinda looks like broccoli? It’s Broccoli Rabe, a close relative of cabbage, kale, cauliflower and mustard greens. Even though the word “broccoli” is commonly used in its name, Broccoli Rabe is not the same plant as the floret-headed vegetable that is most familiar to Western eaters. The flowers of Broccoli Rabe resemble single florets of common broccoli, and can be eaten along with the leaves. Broccoli Rabe is highly nutritious and contains many of the same cancer-fighting elements as its cruciferous relatives. It is high in phytochemicals such as sulforaphane and indoles, which are believed to help the body naturally defend itself against certain cancers.
Oooooh, purty…..and tasty too.
Read what Mark Bittman from The New York Times has to say about it.
Try these recipes…
- Sautéed Broccoli Rabe
- Baked Broccoli Rabe with Parmesan
- Broccoli Rabe, Potato, and Rosemary Pizza
- Turkey Meatballs Over Broccoli Rabe and Kale
- Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Potatoes
Let us know how you like your Broccoli Rabe!