Broccoli Rabé (Rapini) is a common vegetable in the cuisines of southern Italy and its neighbors. It is not ‘baby broccoli’ as is often believed but is actually closely related to turnips. It is, like broccoli, a member of the Brassica family. It typically consists of spiked leaves that surround clusters of green buds that resemble small heads of broccoli.
Small, edible yellow flowers may bloom among the buds. Like most of the foods in the mustard family, rapini is loaded with vitamin C and contains beta-carotene, fiber, sulforaphanes and lutein. It is also rich in potassium, folic acid and fiber.