Spring Rapini (Raab) - Broccoli Seeds
- 45 days
- Package contains approximately 650 Spring Rapini (Raab) Broccoli Seeds
- Germination: 4-20 days at 75-85F.
- Plant seeds 1/4" deep, 1-2' apart in partial sunlight.
Although a relative to turnips instead of broccoli, Spring Rapini (Raab) is quite like broccoli due to its similar flowering heads. Instead of one central head, however, Spring Rapini produces side shoots with clusters of delicious buds. Spring Rapini is highly nutritious and is popular in Italian cuisine. This plant should be harvested when it reaches 10-15 inches tall.
Broccoli is a cool-season plant and does well in early spring and fall. It is a member of the cabbage family and is related to cauliflower. This dark green vegetable is high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, iron, and riboflavin. It is a very versatile vegetable and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Broccoli likes cool weather, so you can expect it to do well in the spring and fall. Plant seeds in well-drained, rich soil in a location that will get full sun. A soil pH around 6.0-6.5 is recommended. Make sure broccoli receives adequate moisture, especially in drought conditions. Broccoli benefits from a good fertilizer.
When broccoli is ready to harvest, the heads will be 3-6" around. Cut the heads from the main stem about 6 inches below the head. If the plant has gone to flower, it is too late to harvest broccoli. Store broccoli in the refrigerator for about 5 days, or blanch and freeze for later use.
Recipes/How to Use:
Use broccoli raw or cooked in all kinds of recipes: salads, casseroles, stir-fries, soups, or just by itself.
Easy Steamed Broccoli
3 C. fresh broccoli, cut into florets
2-3 T. Olive oil or butter
Squirt of lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
-Boil about 1-2 inches of water in a saucepan. Add the broccoli in a steamer basket, cover, and steam for about 6-7 minutes.
-Place cooked broccoli in a dish. Drizzle oil or butter, lemon juice, and salt and pepper over the broccoli, and stir before serving.