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Broccoli rabe-- where?

It's all over the place back east, but I don't think I've ever seen it in LA.

So has anyone ever seen it for sale, preferably at local farmers markets?

Mr Taster

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  1. I actually found it this past weekend at my local O.C. Ralph's of all places, and it was cheaper than what I usually pay for it at the middle eastern market I usually get it from, & looked pretty fresh.
    I love it blanched, chopped, then sauteed w/ garlic ,crumbled hot italian sausage, garlic, then tossed with orecchiette

    1. It was in my CSA box last week (farmfreshtoyou), so at least some local farms must have it. I imagine it is available at local farmers markets but I've never looked for it...it wasn't on my radar at all until I got some last week.

      1. They have it at the Jon's Marketplace in Westminster all the time. They may also have it in the Jon's up your way.

        1. I've seen it at both Pasadena Whole Foods stores. I've also bought it at the Saturday Pasadena farmers' market. I can't specifically recall which vendor or vendors, but I'd check with Jaime Farms, Underwood Farms and Weiser Farms.

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          1. re: Jack Flash

            Just to confirm that the WF on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena had broccoli rabe, a/k/a rapini, in stock about 30 minutes ago, at $2.99/lb.

          2. WF, BF, Gelsons, Ralphs regularly carry it. Several farmers at HFM carry it, generally the more bitter types. We like the variety Weiser has which has lots of character.

            1. I've seen it at Santa Monica Farme's Market -- I'll check and let you know. BTW, for an excellent prepared version, I highly recommend the South Philly Experience truck. It comes on their Italian sandwiches, but you can also order a sandwich of just broccoli rabe or a side of the stuff. It's garlicky, oily, and delicious.

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              1. re: a_and_w

                Didn't see any at the Farmer's Market today, but I got there late and pickings were unusually lean across the board.

              2. I cook it often. my favorite sources are Gelsons and Whole Foods.

                1. Whole Foods stores have it both raw in produce and prepared with roasted garlic in the prepared food counters.

                  1. It's funny, I regularly stop in to the Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax and I never remember seeing it there, yet there are so many testimonials otherwise. I'll take a closer look.

                    Mr Taster

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                    1. re: Mr Taster

                      At the one where I saw it, they had it in the same area as bell peppers, zucchini and cucumbers; it was not over in the section with regular broccoli, for example.

                      1. re: Mr Taster

                        I usually see it on the wet rack, and if the WF is configured to have an upper shelf on the wet rack, that's where it will be. They also usually serve it in their prepared salads area of their service deli counter.

                      2. It's always at Whole Foods. I was at the one by my house tonight and almost picked up a bunch. They actually had two varieties. Must be that time of year.

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                        1. Farm Boy in Sherman Oaks (by the Trader Joe's)
                          Marina Farms on Centinela just north of Jefferson

                          Marina Farms
                          5454 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                          Centinela Cafe
                          4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                          1. I've seen it virtually every time I'm at the Jon's Market at H'wood & Vermont lately, at least for the past few weeks. It's usually tucked near the back between the herb trays and kale/greens.