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Cima di Rapa Sessantina (Broccoli Rabe)

Brassica rapa

Grown by: Truelove Seeds Farm in Newtown Square, PA

  • $5.00

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 you can eat it's smaller succulent thinnings sooner than that. 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: 60

Seeds per pack: 200

Germination rate: 91% on 01/11/2024

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.


This product is part of the Italian Collection.

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