Broccoli raab is grown for the asparagus-like spring shoot.
There is a reason the Europeans love broccoli raab: it is a
connoisseur's delight! The tender stems, buds, and flowers have a
wonderfully delicate, slightly bitter/spicy/peppery broccoli flavor
which can be enjoyed in salads, stir-fried, or steamed. Budding
shoots should be harvested just before the flowers open for best
flavor. After cutting, smaller shoots will appear - keep cutting
until the stems get too small. Known in Italy as broccolo asparago
or asparagus broccoli.
Days to Maturity: 45
When to Sow Outside: As soon as the soil can be worked, 4 -
6 weeks before average last frost. Also, in late summer for a fall
harvest. In mild winter climates, broccoli raab can be sown in late
fall for winter and early spring harvest.
When to Sow Inside: It's best to sow directly outdoors, but
you can start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost.
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Seed Spacing: 1"
Row Spacing: 12"
Days to Emerge: 10 to 20
Thinning: When 4" tall thin to 6" apart