How & when to harvest broccoli rabe?
I just started my first vegetable garden. My broccoli rabe is starting to flower, but the plants seem underdeveloped, at least compared to what I'm used to seeing at the grocer's, etc. Anyway, at what point is it best to actually harvest the plant? Should I only harvest the parts that are showing flowers, or should I just harvest them all, regardless of the extent of the bud formation? Also, exactly how do I harvest? Do I pick off leaves or just cut off the plant at the bottom of the stalk? Can I expect to get more growth this season? Sorry for all the questions, but I really want to do it the right way from the get-go. Thanks.