broccoli rabe

or broc·co·li raab

[ brok-uh-lee rahb, brok-lee ]

  1. a cruciferous plant, Brassica rapa rapa, of the mustard family, also classified by other names, especially B. rapa ruva,B. rapa rapifera, and B. ruvo.

  2. the slightly bitter, dark green leaves and clustered flower buds of this plant, eaten as a raw or cooked vegetable.

Origin of broccoli rabe

First recorded in 1925–30; perhaps alteration of Italian broccoli di rapa “flowering tops of the turnip”; cf. broccoli, rape2
  • Also broc·co·li rab .

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