broccoli rabe

\ -ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) \
variants: or less commonly broccoli raab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) , -​ˌrab \ or broccoli rab \ -​ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio) , -​ˌrab \

Definition of broccoli rabe

: a garden brassica (Brassica rapa ruvo) that is related to the turnip and produces edible leafy branching stalks and compact clusters of yellow florets

called also rapini

Examples of broccoli rabe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like its cruciferous cousin Brussels sprouts, broccoli rabe is busting with antioxidants. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 19 Nov. 2021 The menu lists just five ingredients for the Russoniello: roast pork, aged provolone, broccoli rabe and extra-virgin olive oil, all packed tightly into a seeded roll. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Add crunch to risotto balls, a bit of interest to sautéed broccoli rabe, and even a little nuttiness to your favorite pasta dish with these all-purpose seeds. Hannah Selinger, Good Housekeeping, 19 Oct. 2021 Secondi: Porchetta – blue-cheese polenta, broccoli rabe, natural jus. Marc Bona, cleveland, 24 Oct. 2021 Add the broccoli rabe stems to the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 If the greens are tough, boil them a little, then saute them with olive oil, garlic, maybe a little hot pepper (particularly good with broccoli rabe) salt, pepper, and a splash of red wine vinegar. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Next, blanch the broccoli rabe leaves and cook until tender, about 1 minute. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Sep. 2021 My full dinner order involves prosciutto and melon, branzino and broccoli rabe, the meatballs, and a bottle of any Italian red wine that starts with a B (Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, Barbera, etc). Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 21 Sep. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'broccoli rabe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of broccoli rabe

1928, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for broccoli rabe

regularization (conformed to broccoli) of any of various southern Italian dialect forms, such as Neapolitan vruoccole de rapa, literally, "flower stalks of the turnip"

Note: The spellings rabe, raab reflect English perceptions of a lenis stop and reduced or absent vowel in the southern Italian forms.

Learn More About broccoli rabe

Time Traveler for broccoli rabe

Time Traveler

The first known use of broccoli rabe was in 1928

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near broccoli rabe


broccoli rabe


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for broccoli rabe

Last Updated

3 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Broccoli rabe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!