Pass the rape greens, please

by Jessie K on October 10, 2012

Jake planted a load of “rape greens” in our fall garden and we’ve been eating on them practically every night for a month.

I’d never heard of rape greens. The taste is reminiscent of kale with a soft lettuce-like texture.

I haven’t been able to find any recipes calling for rape greens because I get the feeling not many people have heard of them.

Gee, do you think the name has anything to do with it? This green suffers from a serious PR problem. The “rape green advisory council” or some such needs to get on a name change stat!

I propose “consensual greens.” What do you think?

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Sue November 23, 2015 at 4:33 am


Rape leaves are called broccoletti in Italy and are regularly on the menu as a vegetable instead of spinach/chard. Best simply wilted down or boiled and served with oil and lemon. Italian recile books will have other ideas of what to do with them.You can buy the seeds in Italy. Here in South Africa we can buy the seeds too but they are called rape leaf seeds. Canola oil is derived from a slightly different plant…and is hotly disputed as being carcinogenic

Sue November 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm


I am a senior citizen and have lived in the south all my life. When you plant greens, most of us plant a mixture of turnips, kale, mustard, and rape and sometimes we throw in radish and collard seeds as well. Everyone here know that you go to the local Co-Op and they will sell the premixed seeds or if you prefer you can select the seeds you want, so if you need seed, simply contact a co-op in one of the deep south states!

Andrea December 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm


My mother used to eat a green she called rape back in the 1950s. All I remember is she really liked the flavor and treated it like a delicacy. It must have been because she never shared it. :)

Gwen Blackman December 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm


I have never planted or harvested greens in my life but I am desperately trying to find someone to add it to their garden. They are so good mixed with turnip or mustard greens. Love them.

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