Cipollini Pearl Onions are at their very best enjoyed whole. Add to casseroles, soups and stews. Braise in pan juices from roast turkey or veal with brown sugar, diced bacon and a cup of raisins. Cooked caramelized pearl onions may be refrigerated in a glass jar for weeks and served like chutney with poultry or roast meats. Ideal for grilled kabobs.
Onions are considered a health food. Onions are low in calories and high in energy. Containing valuable chemicals touted as disease-fighters. Eating onions can increase the "good kind" of cholesterol, increase circulation, prevent blood clots and lowers blood pressure. Onions offer an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, plus potassium, magnesium, calcium and fiber.
Rapini is an excellent source of vitamin C and folic acid and contains vitamin A, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fibre. It is part of the crucifier family and contains cancer-fighting nutrients.
Rapini or Italian broccoli originated in the Mediterranean
region. It has long stems with thin leaves and small buds. All parts of the Rapini are edible. Italians have enjoyed Rapini for hundreds of years and brought it with them to America.
Culinary tips and advice
- Rapini can be steamed, boiled, sautéed or simmered at low temperature.
- Rapini is delicious sprinkled with vinaigrette, topped with grated cheese, or covered with béchamel sauce.
- Rapini adds a tangy flavour to mashed or scalloped
- Rapini is excellent with cheese and pasta, in
quiches and omelettes, or simply served as a vegetable side dish.