A member of the cabbage family, Rapini, or broccoli rabe, is a vegetable that is gaining broader popularity. Now widely cultivated in california, it's commonly available in supermarket year round. Locally grown varieties are available for most of the summer and fall. Rapini tastes slightly bitter, is very tender and cooks quickly. A familiar ingredient in Italian cooking, it's common in soups, pasta and tarts, and as a side dish served hot or cold.
Also called as Broccoli Raab.
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