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Heirloom Broccoli Raab

Early Rapini

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Heirloom Broccoli Raab

Early Rapini

Cool season Italian heirloom whose delicious dark green shoots, buds and leaves taste like broccoli with a real flavor punch. Vitamin-rich and very...
Cool season Italian heirloom whose delicious dark green shoots, buds and leaves taste like broccoli with a real flavor punch. Vitamin-rich and very productive.
Seed Count: Approx. 875 / Weight: 2.5 gms
$ 3.79

START SEEDS DIRECTLY IN THE GARDEN

In very early spring as soon as ground can be worked, prepare a well-drained, fertile garden bed in full sun. Sow seeds 2 inches apart in rows 6 to 8 inches apart. Cover 1/2 inch deep and keep soil evenly moist to ensure good germination. When seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall, thin to stand 4 to 6 inches apart.

 

GROWING NOTES

Sow Broccoli Raab in cool early spring weather, about the same time as you plant turnips and radishes. Consistent moisture, early thinning and an adequate supply of nitrogen will encourage the quick growth needed to produce tender juicy shoots with plump buds. Use non-toxic B.T. (Bacillus thuringiensis) products to control caterpillar pests as necessary. Make several sowings a week apart for a continuous harvest. Sow again in late summer for a fall crop.

 

HARVEST AND USE

Harvest both leaves and flowering stalks at 7 to 8 inches tall, when stalks are still tender and juicy with closed buds. After cutting, water plants and feed with fish emulsion solution to get a second harvest in a few weeks. Enjoy the hearty flavor of these vitamin-rich greens by briefly steaming or prepare traditionally by first blanching them quickly in boiling water and then sautéing them in olive oil with chopped garlic, just until tender.

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - June
August - September
Full sun
1/2 inch
2 inches
7 - 10 days
Approx. 60

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - June
August - September
Full sun
1/2 inch
2 inches
7 - 10 days
Approx. 60

Plant In

February - June
August - September

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Planting Depth

1/2 inch

Space Seeds

2 inches

Days to Germinate

7 - 10 days

Days to Harvest

Approx. 60

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