broccoli rabe


variants or less commonly broccoli raab
-ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio)
or broccoli rab
-ˌräb How to pronounce broccoli rabe (audio)
: 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 My most satisfying encounter with pasta here was orecchiette, ear shapes that caught drops of creamy-tasting parmesan sauce and crumbles of fennel pork sausage, sepia tones contrasted with bright broccoli rabe — a common pasta combination done right. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2023 Per 100 grams: 22 calories, 2.9 g carbs, 0.2 g net carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 0.5 g fat, 3.2 g protein 8 Broccoli Like its little sister broccoli rabe, the OG stalks (which are much less bitter) are a great source of fiber and vitamins K and C. Women's Health, 16 Aug. 2023 For the pasta course, Funke offered his famous lasagna bolognese—layers of housemade ragu bolognese, bechamel sauce and sheets of delicate, fresh pasta—and orecchiette served with broccoli rabe pesto, brasicas and pangrattato (an Italian breadcrumb mixture). Sonal Dutt,, 28 Mar. 2022 The other is the Reading Terminal, a round topped with housemade porchetta, broccoli rabe, pickled cherry peppers, mozz and provolone, Morgan’s fever-dream homage to DiNic’s roast pork sandwich. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 So is one of gummy scallops with a random combination of chickpea puree, turnips, broccoli rabe, and citrus. Globe Staff,, 6 June 2023 Stein rattles off a host of examples including: bread shipped in three times a week from Le Bus Bakery in Philly (which comes pre-baked and prepared in its ovens); pretzels from the Philly Pretzel Factory; Cooper Sharp American cheese, a Philly staple, and roast pork with broccoli rabe. Gary Stern, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2023 The accompaniments change depending on what’s in season and upon James Beard Award-winning chef Adam Evans’ fertile imagination, but on our visit earlier this fall, the crispy pork belly was enhanced with a persimmon jam and paired with a miso broccoli rabe. Bob Carlton |, al, 15 Dec. 2022 Add broth, then broccoli rabe; toss to combine. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2021 See More

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of broccoli rabe was in 1928

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“Broccoli rabe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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