Cima di Rapa (Broccoli raab)

This is an incredible green-budded variety of sprouting broccoli, which crops more heavily and much more quickly from seed to harvest than Purple Sprouting. More
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This is an incredible green-budded variety of sprouting broccoli, which crops more heavily and much more quickly from seed to harvest than Purple Sprouting.

Hardy, prolific and very tasty, much favoured by the River Cafe team for winter pastas and soups.

This is delicious cooked and then stir fried with garlic, anchovies, chilli and lemon, and served on top of a bed of new potatoes, sprinkled with pine nuts and good grated cheese.

Genus Cima di Rapa
Group Heritage
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Broccoli raab, Rapini
Soil Type Fertile
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 25-40cm (10-16in)
Spacing 10cm (4in) in rows 30cm (1ft) apart
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Cima di Rapa is usually sown March-June, and can also be sown October. Simply just avoid the very cold and very hot months. Sow 1cm (½in) deep.
Care Tips Water regularly. May need staking. Clear the bed of weeds and stones before planting.
Harvesting September - November, 90-100 days from sowing. If you harvest carefully, leaving the lower two leaves intact, they will often re-sprout several times.
Cooking Notes Cook for only about 8-10 minutes either steamed, sauteed, boiled or stir-fried. This plant also has edible yellow flowers.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice
Growing brassicas from seed

Think about sowing your brassicas (kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli) in June for tasty autumn and winter suppers.

Direct sowing seeds

Learn how to get great results when direct sowing hardy annual seeds.

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