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My rapini is scaring me

Post  Megan on 6/7/2010, 9:07 pm

Just had to share this.

I harvested some more rapini last night, as that particular head was just starting to flower. Stuck it in a big bowl with some water to keep it fresh. As it turned out, I didn't end up cooking it that night... or tonight. Just looked at it now and it has literally sat up in the bowl. Shocked It has bloomed and I swear it looks like it is ready to go another three rounds!

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Post  dmpower on 6/7/2010, 9:13 pm

@Megan wrote:Just had to share this.

I harvested some more rapini last night, as that particular head was just starting to flower. Stuck it in a big bowl with some water to keep it fresh. As it turned out, I didn't end up cooking it that night... or tonight. Just looked at it now and it has literally sat up in the bowl. Shocked It has bloomed and I swear it looks like it is ready to go another three rounds!
Just think of all the great nutrients that scary rapini is going to pass on to you. I am a little jealous as my rapini hasn't started to form heads yet. It is one of the few crops that I have actually done successive planting with. Ohhhhhhhh, I can't wait!!!

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Post  Megan on 6/7/2010, 9:16 pm

It only just started to make heads. Only last week, I was thinking, "eating rapini leaves is great, but where are the heads?!" and suddenly over the weekend wham, there they were. Only they seem to be flowering very fast after they appear. Guess it is the heat? I am getting many more leaves than heads, as opposed to what I see in the stores. Still very tasty and I am not complaining!

Have you done succession planting into the summer with them?

I mean... seriously!!! I have cut a lot of greens in my time, but this is ridiculous. (In a good way.) I did not prop these up in any way. It did it all by itself.

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Post  Chopper on 6/8/2010, 4:44 am

Live food. Maybe we have to make cages for our refrigerators now!

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Post  dmpower on 6/8/2010, 1:51 pm

That's pretty spectacular!
Rapini is known to flower quickly. Everything I read, was to pick it quickly so I don't think yours is doing anything different - except of course the defence mechanism it is using in the bowl lol

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Post  Megan on 6/8/2010, 5:57 pm

@dmpower wrote:That's pretty spectacular!
Rapini is known to flower quickly. Everything I read, was to pick it quickly so I don't think yours is doing anything different - except of course the defence mechanism it is using in the bowl lol

I didn't know it flowered so quickly.... the rest of it is trying to now, too. I have heard a few people say you can "cut and come again"... do you take the whole plant and it comes back up, or take out some of the leaves and flowering stems and leave some of the leaves?

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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/9/2014, 9:09 pm

I'm reading of people pulling the whole plant, and others cutting the flowering stems and leaving the rest of the plant alone.  I'm curious if anyone goes after the flowering stems and also takes some of the leaves while waiting for new heads to sprout.  The central stalk with the flowers on it, which I think is supposed to generate the biggest flower head, is still only a small part of the plant.  

So I wonder if it would be a mistake to just let most of the plant eventually toughen up and yellow out just because I was waiting for a few flower stalks. I do read that raab/rabe/rapini is grown primarily for the leaves, but the harvest advice I read seems to revolve around going after the few small flower heads and waiting for one or two more.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/15/2014, 3:54 am

Any feedback on this? It feels silly to let the nice big leaves go to waste.

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