Deep Fried Dictionary: Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe: “Rabe” pronounced “rob”; Like broccoli but has a long, thinner stalk with mostly leaves and only a few clusters of buds (actual broccoli type part) at the top; Italian.

Until a mere moments ago I thought broccoli rabe was a certain dish/preparation but here it is, a humble vegetable! Imagine that! It basically looks like mini broccoli stalks with more leaves. It has a slightly bitter taste that calms down with cooking. This quality in addition to its leaves make it similar to kale, mustard greens and other strong-tasting greens that are usually not eaten raw.

Steam it, saute it, season it… New green veggie to try!

Availability: Actually not completely common. Check at a Whole Foods type thing. I’d rate it a “not likely but possible” find at a major supermarket.

Recipe to try: Sauteed Broccoli Rabe from Epicurious. Simple side with garlic and olive oil.

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