The Babaco fruit is torpedo shaped with five deep longitudinal furrows that resemble the shape of a star. The fruit's skin is smooth and thin and when fully rip will turn golden yellow in color.
Resembling a Chinese lantern, the gooseberry is wrapped in a thin, papery, inflated skin. These very tart, piquant fruits turn from a pale green to an amber or gold color as they ripen and offer a flavor similar to a gooseberry or a tart green grape.
Inventory, 20 ct : 11.15
This item was last sold on : 11/23/14
Available year round, rapini's peak season is from late Fall through early Spring.
Rapini is not related to broccoli. It is however, closely related to turnips, which explains why the leaves look a lot like turnip greens. Although broccoli-like buds do grow, a full broccoli head never forms. Instead, rapini is grown for its mustard green-like leafy tops.
Rapini, AKA Broccoli Rabe, is a cool season turnip plant with no bulb development. It should be harvested before florets form and flowers bolt. It has roughly textured, spiked, green leaves that have a pungent almost bitter flavor that mellows and becomes almost nutty when cooked. In fact, it is referred to as a "cooking green".
Cooking is the first step in taming this bitter green and softening its texture. It is best suited for wilting by steaming, blanching or slow simmering and adding it to baked dishes and pastas. Rapini benefits greatly from three simple additions: salt, fat and spice. It pairs well with rich creamy sauces, bacon, parmesan, olive oil, lemon and garlic.
The Chinese and Italians have held high esteem for rapini and have realized its usefulness in cooking for centuries. It is first recognized in American culinary traditions in Southern recipes.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|J six||San Diego CA||619-531-8744|
|Choice Juicery Vista||Vista CA||760-822-6292|
|Friends of Specialty Produce||San Diego CA||619-295-3173|
|Four Seasons Residence Club||Carlsbad CA||760 603 3700|
|Panama 66||San Diego CA||619-702-6373|
|Sheraton La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-453-5500|
|Culinary Concepts||San Diego CA||858-530-1885|
|BFD-Big Front Door||San Diego CA||619-255-4100|
|Stingaree||San Diego CA||619-544-0867|
|Croces West||San Diego CA||619-233-4355|
|Ebisu Sushi Bar||San Diego CA||619-297-3119|
|Solare Ristorante Lounge||San Diego CA||619-270-9670|
|Buon Appetito||San Diego CA||619-238-9880|
|La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club||San Diego CA||858-454-7126|
|Mille Fleurs||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-756-3085|
|Empire House Urban Palate||San Diego CA||619-688-9283|
|Great Maple||San Diego CA||619-255-2282|
|Barbarella||San Diego CA||858-454-7373|
|Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company||San Diego CA||619-683-7787|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|Villa Capri Poway||Poway CA||858-391-9400|
|Real Food & Spirits||Solana Beach CA||858-793-7325|
|Brigantine Poway||Poway CA||858-486-3066|
|Amalfi Gourmet LLC||San Diego CA||619-379-3099|
|US Grant Hotel Main||San Diego CA||619-232-3121|
|Trattoria I Trulli||Encinitas CA||760-943-6800|
|Counterpoint||San Diego CA||619-564-6722|
|Buona Forchetta||San Diego CA||619-381-4844|
|Nate's Garden Grill||San Diego CA||619-607-0117|
|JR Produce||San Diego CA||858-270-3857|
|Blind Lady||San Diego CA||619-255-2491|
|Art Institute of San Diego||San Diego CA||858-598-1200|
|Brigantine Pt Loma||San Diego CA||619-224-2871|
|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 ex 4|
|West Steak and Seafood||Carlsbad CA||760-930-9100|
|Marriott Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-3000 x6335|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|The Market by Buon Appetito||San Diego CA||619-237-1335|
|Isola Pizza Bar||San Diego CA||619-255-4230|
|Stella Public House||San Diego CA||512-799-6462|
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|Alchemy Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-255-0616|
|The Shores||La Jolla CA||858-459-8271|
|Cookbook Tavola Calda||San Diego CA||619-793-9221|
|Analog||San Diego CA||619-233-1183|
|Capri Blu||San Diego CA||858-673-5100|
|Tom Hams Light House||San Diego CA||619-291-9110|
|Prepkitchen La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-875-7737|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
|Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-759-6063|
|Bottega Americano||San Diego CA||858-326-1588|
|Davanti Enoteca El Camino Real||San Diego CA||858-519-5060|
|Villa Capri 2 Family Style Trattoria||San Diego CA||858-538-5884|
|Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-602-0800|
|Kettner Exchange||San Diego CA||312-415-5455|
|Double Standard Kitchenetta||San Diego CA||619-269-9676|
|Via Italia Trattoria||Encinitas CA||760-479-9757|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Prepkitchen Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-792-7737|
|La Villa||San Diego CA||619-255-5221|
|Crush||Solana Beach CA||858-481-2787|
Recipes that include Rapini. One is easiest, three is harder.
|A La Mode*||Orecchiete With Sausage and Rapini|
|We Are Never Full||Perfect Broccoli Rabe w/ Sweet Italian Sausage|
|Sunday Nite Dinner||Chinese Sausage and Broccoli Fried Rice|
People have spotted Rapini using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
Produce Spotting allows you to share your produce discoveries with your neighbors and the world! Is your market carrying green dragon apples? Is a chef doing things with shaved fennel that are out of this world? Pinpoint your location annonymously through the Specialty Produce App and let others know about unique flavors that are around them.