Also known as rapini, rabe, and turnip broccoli, broccoli raab is a traditional Italian green with sharp-flavored shoots topped by small bud clusters. It is another member of the vast cabbage family, and although it is a distant cousin to the familiar grocery-store broccoli, it is more closely related to the turnip.
Like other brassicas, it is a cool-weather vegetable, flourishing in the spring and fall gardens. It can even be grown under protection in late winter (by direct-sowing the seed in a cold frame or a polytunnel in late February) as well as in mid-autumn for overwintering.
Broccoli raab is very quick growing, often maturing in as little as 45 days (although 60 days is more typical, especially during the cooler months). It’s also compact and takes up little space in the garden, making it an ideal choice for a cold frame or a small garden.
This broccoli raab seed is Spring Raab which is forgiving of cool or warm weather, and is a versatile and quick-growing crop well suited to spring, summer, and fall. Pick just before the buds open for the best-quality shoots.