Top down view of harvested broccoli rabe.

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli rabe (or rapini) is a leafy green vegetable with an earthy flavor. It is often used in Mediterranean and Asian cooking, but it can also be eaten raw as a salad or added to sandwiches and other dishes. It’s easy to grow in almost all climates. Learn more about planting and harvesting your own crop with our detailed guides down below. Happy gardening!

What Is the Difference Between Broccoli Rabe and Broccolini?

A close up of a floret and the foliage of broccoli rabe growing in the garden in light sunshine.

Is there a difference between broccolini and broccoli rabe? Or are they the same? These two veggies look a lot alike and have similar names. But they are different – in their origins, how they grow in the garden, and how you’ll want to use them in the kitchen! To learn what distinguishes these two veggies, keep reading.

How to Grow Broccoli Rabe

A close up horizontal image of broccoli rabe florets and foliage.

Broccoli rabe is a cool season veggie that will spice up your spring or fall harvest with its compelling flavor profile. It’s easy to sow directly from seed and is a fast grower, so when planning a diverse assortment of leafy greens for your homestead or garden, don’t forget tasty rapini. Keep reading to learn more.