Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What's broccoli rabe?

I bought broccoli rabe (pronounced "Rob") from Wildflower Eco Farm at the farmers' market last weekend. At least I think it's broccoli rabe. Caroline loves broccoli so I thought that she would like broccoli rabe. But I just found out that it is not a type of broccoli and that the flavor is usually more bitter than broccoli. But broccoli rabe is in the same family as cabbage and Caroline loves cabbage so maybe she will like this new vegetable. I tried to learn more about it through Wikipedia but the entry was too confusing and my brain has already checked out for the night.

Caroline's Lunchbox Menu, May 29: Breakfast - ten grain hot cereal, prunes, banana; Lunch - lentil croquettes, 100% whole grain bread, broccoli rabe (Wildflower Eco Farm), corn (frozen, Titus Farms); Snacks - whole wheat bagel, hummus

Childcare Center Menu, May 29: Breakfast - cream of wheat with bananas and raisins; Lunch - chicken nuggets, cucumbers, peaches, bread; Snacks - cheese bread sticks, pizza sauce

1 comment:

Marjorie said...

Hi Betty - I will be thinking of you June 2!

Broccali Rabe, or rapini, according to Alice Waters in her veggie book,(I know you have it) is more closely related to the turnip, another Brassica, than to broccoli. It is grown for its greens which rather resemble sprouting broccoli that has started to flower. It can be used like broccoli, but has a nutty and slightly bitter flavor all its own. Marjorie

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