Rapini is a spiky leafed vegetable that surrounds
a green bud similar to broccoli. Occasionally
there may be small yellow flowers blooming
from the buds. The nutty, bitter, and pungent
flavor of rapine is an excellent source of vitamins
A, C, and K, as well as potassium, calcium, and
iron. Grown throughout the world, Kingston
provides only the best rapine all year long.
It is believed that modern-day rapini
originated as a wild herb in either China or the
Mediterranean region. Today, it is extremely
popular in both of those locales, and is a
growing favor in the West as well. Rapini is a
cool-season crop, so the best time for home
gardeners to grow it is in the fall or early
spring. Plants grown in warmer weather tend
to go to seed prematurely. The plants should
be harvested before the florets open. Cut the
stems at ground level or just above the ground.
Ideally, rapini should be harvested or purchased
right before eating, it can be stored, unwashed,
in a resealable plastic bag in the crisper draw of
the refrigerator for up to five days.
To learn more about our remarkable produce and commitment to excellence, contact our office at (208) 522-7070.