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Broccoli Raab Seeds, Broccoli Rabe Rapini Seed

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 Broccoli Raab (Rabe) Rapini, is an Italian favorite with a somewhat bitter taste.  This fast-growing, cool-season annual forms loose flower heads similar to broccoli in the axils of lower leaves.

Broccoli rabe is the common name for the vegetable rapini and is a close relative of the turnip, which closely resembles broccoli and broccolini. Is commonly used in Italian, Italian-American, and other cuisines. The entire plant is edible and requires thorough washing and blanching before cooking. 

  • Botanical Name - Brassica rapa var. ruvo
  • Zone: 3-10
  • Days to Maturity: 60-70 Days
  • Height: 20-28" Tall
  • Fruit Color: Green
  • Treated: No
  • Germination Time: 7-14 Days 
  • Breed: Heirloom, Open Pollinated
  • Germination Rate: 90%
  • Lifecycle: Annual
  • Sunlight: Full Sun
  • Watering: Average to Moderate
  • Sow Method: Direct Sow or Transplant
  • Sow Depth: 1/4-1/2 inch
  • Plant Spacing: 18-24 inch
  • Row Spacing: 30 inch
  • Season of Interest: Cool/Warm
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Open pollinated means this plants flowers are fertilized by bees, moths, birds, bats, and even the wind or rain. The seed that forms produces the same plant the following year. 

All heirlooms are open pollinated, but not all open pollinated plants are heirlooms. Only a small fraction of the plant world is considered heirloom.

This variety has a history of being passed down within communities and families as early as the 1700's, similar to the generational sharing of items like jewelry or furniture.