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Broccoli Raab

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.

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Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips: A Second Heaping
Since Broccoli Raab thrives best in cool weather, it is a good idea to grow two crops, ones for spring and one for fall. Your second crop will be especially productive and sweet tasting, since it can actually benefit from a touch of frost. Sow it 3 weeks before the first frost is expected. A nitrogen rich fertilizer such as cottonseed meal or blood meal will also improve your results.