Definition of broccoli rabe in US English:

broccoli rabe

(also broccoli rape, broccoli raab)


  • A vegetable related to the turnip, grown for its broccoli-like buds and bitter-flavored greens.

    Also called rapini
    • ‘A recent summer menu included garden green gazpacho with yogurt sorbet, roasted chicken from the property with farro, spinach and sugar snap peas, and spinach and pork tortellini with morels, broccoli rabe and cauliflower.’
    • ‘Suffice it to say that the ones with the yellow flowers are my favorite; they're called yu choy, or yellow flowering Chinese cabbage, and they taste like a mild broccoli rabe.’
    • ‘I'd love to see what this woman could do with broccoli rabe, fresh artichokes and green beans.’
    • ‘The chicken was similarly afflicted - and dried out, to boot - although I liked the roasted squab, which was cut in crispy sections and piled on a heap of sautéed porcini mushrooms and broccoli rabe.’
    • ‘He's beefed up his menu with grilled lamb chops seasoned with balsamic vinegar and sage, and fennel sausage grilled flat with garlicky broccoli rabe.’


1920s: from Italian broccoli rapa or broccoli rape, shortened from broccoli di rapa or broccoli di rape, literally ‘flower stalks of the turnip’.


broccoli rabe

/ˌbräk(ə)lē ˈräb/