What is Broccoli Rabe?

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What is Broccoli Rabe?

Broccoli rabe is a tasty green vegetable that looks like leafier broccoli but is actually more closely related to the turnip. Grown around the world, broccoli rabe is one variety of wholesale produce in NYC at E. Armata Inc. There are plenty of things to learn about this delicious cooking green, so continue reading to learn more!  

What is Broccoli Rabe?

Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a delicious cruciferous vegetable. While most people believe that it is baby broccoli or a small part of the broccoli plant, it is actually closer to the turnip. The delightfully bitter leaves and stems are easy to use to elevate your cooking. Broccoli rabe is used extensively in Chinese and Italian cuisine and is gaining popularity in the United States. Broccoli rabe is available all year round for wholesale produce in NYC. 

How To Cook Broccoli Rabe?

The flower heads, leaves, and stems are prepared and eaten like regular broccoli. Broccoli rabe has a similar flavor to broccoli but is more aromatic with a nuttier flavor. This unique vegetable is surprisingly easy to prepare, as every part of it is edible. Here is how our team at E. Armata Inc. prefers to cook broccoli rabe:

  • Rise the broccoli rabe with cold water and trim ¼ inch from the end of the stems. 
  • Cut the stalks into two-inch pieces and put them into boiling water. 
  • Blanch the broccoli rabe for 2 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon. 
  • Saute the blanched broccoli rabe in garlic and olive oil until the stalks are nice and tender. 

If you are looking for a remarkable and healthy side dish, broccoli rabe is hard to beat. With intense amounts of Vitamins A and K, this vegetable is in a class of its own in terms of health benefits. 

Contact Us

As unique and healthy as broccoli rabe is, it may not be widely available in all grocery stores. Fortunately, E. Armata Inc. offers wholesale produce in NYC and carries broccoli rabe all year round! We pride ourselves on our unique selection of cruciferous vegetables and deliver the freshest products to our customers. To learn more about broccoli rabe, be sure to contact us today!

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