Rapini, 'Novantina'

(Brassica rapa) Prized in its homeland of Italy and by chefs worldwide, this broccoli relative is a culinary treat. Rather then a central crown ala broccoli, rapini (aka broccoli raab) sends forth more graceful smaller and looser bud clusters. Plants branch extensively after the first harvest to yield loads of secondary bud stems. In the kitchen, lightly sauteed leaves, stems and flower buds are a delight with lemon, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a drizzle of good olive oil. They are richer, wilder and more pungent in flavor than broccoli and much earlier from sowing to harvest. Known as "cima di rapa" in southern Italy, Novantina boasts good floret size, excellent branching, and productivity, while showcasing a first-rate flavor and milder, less assertive pungency then some varieties. Re-sprouts from early cuttings. Best sown in Spring and Fall. Italian cultivar. 24-30" tall.
40-45 days. AV

Packet: 1g (~450 seeds)

*This seed has tested negative for both Black Leg (Phoma lingam) and Black Rot (Xanthomonus campestris) as required by the WA Dept of Ag crucifer seed quarantine.

Product Code: BRO-NO-pkt

Availability:In stock

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Growing Info


Indoors, 4-6 weeks before your last frost date.

Transplant out 2-4 weeks before last mild frost.

Direct sow mid Spring-mid summer.

Note: Prefers well drained soil with high organic matter and consistent water. 




4-6" spacing in rows 12-18" apart.


3-10 days @ soil temp 60-65F


Full sun to part shade


Medium-Heavy. Prefers well-drained, fertile, moist, soil with a pH between 6.0-7.5.


Rapini has a small central head, side shoots, leaves, and flowers which are all delicious to eat. Harvest the main head to be rewarded with side shoots galore!

Protect from flea beetles with floating row cover.

Consistent water in essential.