Broccoli Raab

Brassica rapa, Ruvo Group

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Also rapini, cime di rapa, broccoletti, and broccoletti di rape (all Italian)

A love affair with Italian food and a growing awareness of the health benefits of a crucifer-rich diet have increased the popularity of a diverse group of greens with “broccoli” in their common names. The affair has been so ardent that we may forget that “regular” broccoli—not just broccoli raab—is a relative newcomer to the United States. It seems that we have the same two enterprising Italian immigrants to thank for the widespread availability of both.