In Season: Broccoli Rabe

The bitter but delicious vegetable is a great fall find.

Stepping into a big box grocery store, it’s easy to think that all produce grows all year round—but that’s hardly the case. In this series, we’ll highlight one in-season produce pick a week.

Broccoli Rabe

Nutrition: Broccoli‘s bitter cousin may not be as popular, but broccoli rabe (also known as rapini) is bursting with vitamin K and is also a good source of vitamin A.

Why that matters: Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and bone health, while vitamin A’s versatile functions include boosting the immune system, wound healing, and reproductive health.

Where to find it: Try the Boston Public Market or fall farmers’ markets.

Five broccoli rabe recipes:

1. Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
via Tasty Kitchen

This low-carb recipe combines broccoli rabe and sweet potatoes for the ultimate fall flavor combo. Sub in white beans for turkey sausage if you’re a vegetarian.

2. Broccoli Rabe with Orecchiette
via Spinach Tiger

As pasta dishes go, this classic combination is a light—and easy—option. Spice it up with other veggies or add lean protein to make it a heartier meal.

3. Crockpot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili
via Half Baked Harvest

Give chili night a high-brow update with this healthy recipe. And don’t worry—though the recipe list makes this dish look daunting, all you need to do is throw everything in a slow cooker and let it do its thing.

4. Crispy Broccoli Rabe, Chickpea, and Fresh Ricotta Salad
via Martha Stewart

This simple salad would make a great appetizer or side dish. Broil some extra veggies for use in salads or pasta dishes later in the week.

5. Sautéed Shitake and Broccoli Rabe with Fried Egg
via Jenessa’s Dinners

This easy vegetarian dish could be eaten for a light lunch or a veggie-packed breakfast. Sauté the mushrooms in olive oil, not butter, to keep it heart-healthy.