Cima di Rapa Sessantina (Broccoli Rabe)
Rapini, Rabe, Cima di Rapa, Friarielli, or Broccoletti - whatever you call it, this flavorful spring, summer, and fall vegetable is delicious! It is widely eaten in southern Italy, as well as in parts of Spain and Portugal. Cima di Rapa Sessantina is named as a 60 day variety but is succulent and ready to eat much sooner at my farm. Plants grow 12-18" tall with thick stems and bitter-sweet foliage and florets. All plants are ready for harvest at about the same time, so plant in successions for continual harvest. This variety was made available by Seeds from Italy, the US distributor of Franchi Seeds, Italy's oldest family-owned seed company, founded in 1783. Check them out for more Italian varieties! www.growitalian.com
Days to Maturity: 35
Seeds per pack: 100
Planting / harvesting notes
Seed every 1" in rows 8-12" apart, 1/4-1/2" deep. Keep watered until germination. Thin to every 6".
Seed keeping notes
Isolate by 1/2 mile from other flowering members of B. rapa, including turnips, napa cabbage, and bok choy to avoid unwanted cross-pollination. Allow seed pods to turn brown and dry before seed harvest. Protect from birds.