Harvest and cook the broccoli rabe

Harvest and prepare
January 26, 2010

Broccoli rabeMy partner loves the broccoli rabe, and every year we bought them and prepare a traditional Italian pasta dish, Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa. He asked me to grow some broccoli rabe, and so I sowed them last autumn.

The plants were almost ready to be harvested... when suddenly aphids killed them. One day they were green and healthy, the next yellow and dead. Unbelievable.

Turnip TopsI had sowed also a test plant in a pot, and it survived.
It was too small to prepare the pasta seasoning, but I cooked it anyway, and served it on a bruschetta (with a millet and marjoram bread).
They were so tasty that I cursed the aphids for hours!

Broccoli rabe bruschetta

Broccoli rabe bruschetta

Fry some minced garlic, anchovie fillets and a pinch of chili with some olive oil. Add the turnip tops and cook until tender.
Serve on dark bread slices.

Broccoli rabe flowerSee also:

Broccoli rabe flower

Souper SundaysThis goes to Deb from Kahakai Kitchen who's hosting the weekly event Souper Sundays (now Soup, Salad and Sammie Sundays).
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Author: Joanne (URL)

You re so good at finding all of these veggies that I ve never tried! Looks like a delicious soup.

And I love broccoli rabe. Love love love it.

Author: Megan (URL)

I did not know that rapini was the top to the turnip! I love it (and so does my family) - and I can t wait to tell them what I learned today!

Author: DebinHawaii (URL)

Both the topping and the bread look delicious! Thanks for sending it along to Souper Sundays.

Author: Graziana

We really love this plant, I hope to harvest more the next time.
Megan: it s a special turnip that develops more foliage than the regular one.

Author: tasteofbeirut (URL)

How interesting! I will grow these next year! Thanks for all that fascinating info.

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