Broccolini Rapini,

Rapini

-the shoots of the broccoli plant, just before they begin to go to seed.

They have a very clever defense mechanism to keep all types of fauna from gobbling them up,

Bitterness.

That defense is useless if you have the palate of an Italian.

In which case, over generations of sustaining on food born out of necessity and poverty,

you’ve developed a taste for the “Amari” in life.

Or, you just plain LIKE it, …like me.

Bitter greens, bitter drinks, bitter bitters, -I love them.

If the thought of bitterness doesn’t sound very inviting,

try and focus on the health benefits

Detoxification of the body 

High in antioxidant vitamins high in vitamin K 

Contain omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory in nature.

Help maintain good cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol levels.

but mostly, you may just find that you too,

just plain like them.  

Cresti Di Gallo, with Rapini, tomato, and Mama Lil’s goat-horn peppers.

Cresti:Rapini

Whats not to like?

Also today:

Casarecce, with Ragu Toscana

Mafalda, with Toasted Almond Pesto