Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) (Brassica rapa) aka: Broccoli Raab, Broccoletti, Broccoli di Rape, Cime di Rapa, Rappi, Friarielli, and Grelos, is a dark green leafy vegetable with curly leaves and little florets which resemble broccoli.
Health Benefits of Rapini (Broccoli Rabe)
Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Cancer Risk
Reduced Risk of Colon Cancer
Protection Against Heart Disease
Regulation of Blood Sugar and Insulin Dependence
Slowing the progression of AIDS
DNA Repair and Protection
Protection Against Dementia
Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Promoted Eye Health
Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
Alleviation of the Common Cold
Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness)
Alleviation of Inflammation
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Rapini (Broccoli Rabe), and may not necessarily be related to Rapini (Broccoli Rabe).
Try to find leaves with no signs of browning or dryness, and that are as "crisp" as possible. It is ok if the floret has yellow flowers in it, as these are edible.
Climate and origin
Rapini, despite having the similar looking broccoli floret, is actually a descendant of the turnip and thought to have originated in China or the Mediterranean. Growing in colder climates, rapini is now cultivated worldwide.
Rapini is bitter with a sharp taste. It is often prepared steamed with lemon or garlic.
Similar tasting produce
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Rapini (Broccoli Rabe) + Complete Nutrition Facts
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