Early fall broccoli rapini
I tasted some of my early fall rapini the other day. Bleck! I had to spit it out it was so bitter! I had to think twice about what I attempted to eat… thinking perhaps I mistakenly ate a weed. But no, it was definitely rapini.
I dug around the internet to try and find some information about what I may have done to cause it to turn bitter, and evidently that is just how it is. You’re supposed to blanch it and then cook it. Even then, folks said, it can still taste bitter.
Sure would’ve been nice to know that beforehand. I sure wish there was more extensive information on growing and using the vegetables when I buy seed. I understand you can’t fit all that info on a seed pack but it would be a cinch to do that on a website. Instead I have to find out the hard way.
Evidently my goats don't mind the bitter taste as they got out of their yard and ate much of my crop. It may grow back soon and then I can cook it to see how it tastes.
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