Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 15:34:35 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Polk salad and rampy stuff Bruce Southard writes >My understanding of ramp is as Bethany described it: an onion-like plant >which gives one very bad breath. The plant rape, I believe, is more >along the lines of a "green"; that is, something sort of like mustard >greens. So, I can't see hw the two could be the same. Right; they're entirely distinct. Rape [RAH-pay], or broccoli rabe [as in 'rob'], or rabe [ditto], or rapini (as it's often called around here, which I assume is because that's its Italian name), is a deliciously bitter version of broccoli with thin, edible stalks, great parboiled and tossed with olive oil and garlic, or sauteed with olive oil and garlic (grated Parmesan and/or lemon optional), or cooked Chinese style. I can only second the comment of my Szechuan cookbook that bemoans the fact that such a wonderful food has such an unfortunate name--sort of like "dolphin" for that fish now usually called Mahi-Mahi: taboo avoidance strikes again. No relation to the onion family, with no disrespect intended. (Some of my best friends...) --Larry