Also known as Rapini, Broccoli Raab is a classic favorite of Italian cooks. Actually the flower shoot of a Turnip-like vegetable, it prefers cool weather and can tolerate shade - just a few hours of sunlight seems enough for this resilient variety. Rather than forming heads, Raab forms loose sprouting shoots which should be harvested as needed. The plant will usually re-sprout until hot weather settles in. Raab is great for beginner gardeners - throw the seeds in, cover with a sprinkling of soil, then water; keep the area lightly moist.
Average seed life: 3 years.