Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a common ingredient in a very diverse range of cuisines. It most popularly used in Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese cooking. Broccoli rabe is a member of the Brassicaceae family and is most likely a descendant of a wild herb similar to the turnip. The plant has many spiked leaves and a bud that resembles broccoli, which sometimes has small, yellow flowers that are also edible. The taste is often described as nutty and bitter. Not only is it rich in vitamin A, C, and potassium, but it also tastes wonderful and pairs well with strong flavors like garlic, ginger, soy, citrus, and cheese.