When can you eat broccoli rabe?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

When it comes to eating broccoli rabe, the common belief is that it is best enjoyed before it flowers. However, I have personally discovered that you can still enjoy this vegetable even after it has bloomed. In fact, the flowers themselves are edible and can add a unique touch to your dishes.

The flowers of broccoli rabe have a slightly bitter taste, which some people may find appealing. It adds an interesting dimension to the overall flavor profile of the vegetable. If you enjoy bitter flavors, then you might appreciate the taste of the flowers. However, if you are not a fan of bitterness, you may want to stick to the leaves and stems of the plant and avoid the flowers.

Not only do the flowers of broccoli rabe provide a different taste experience, but they are also a good source of nutrients. They contain vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system and collagen production. Additionally, they are a great source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy gut.

To prepare the flowers for eating, you can simply pluck them from the plant and rinse them under running water. You can then incorporate them into your favorite recipes or use them as a garnish. They can be added to salads, stir-fries, pasta dishes, or even used as a topping for pizzas. The possibilities are endless!

I personally enjoy adding the flowers to a simple pasta dish. I sauté the leaves and stems of the broccoli rabe with garlic and olive oil, then toss in the flowers towards the end of cooking. The bitterness of the flowers adds a unique twist to the dish, and I find it quite enjoyable.

While broccoli rabe is commonly consumed before it flowers, you can still eat it after it blooms. The flowers are edible and offer a slightly bitter taste. They are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and include the flowers in your culinary adventures with broccoli rabe.