Saturday, January 12, 2013

Broccoli Rabe Crisis!

Greens in better days at Dinics

That's how the U.S. Department or Agriculture describes the drought-ravaged market for broccoli and broccoli rabe in the winter growing areas of Southern California and Arizona. The bitter green adorns many Italian-style roast pork sandwiches in Philadelphia.

It's hardly available at any price, and is likely to stay that way for four or five weeks, Iovine Brothers Produce was told by its primary supplier.

And that puts purveyors of the sandwich like Joe Nicolosi who operates Tommy Dinics at the Reading Terminal Market with his father in a quandry. Should he use another green, like Swiss chard? Or perhaps Chinese greens? Or maybe just forget about it until supplies in reasonable quantities resume.

With crowds expected to swamp Dinics beginning next weekend with the opening of the Philadelphia Auto Show across the street at the Convention Center, Dinics doesn't want to disappoint its cutomers. But there may be no choice.


Conscience of a Conservative said...

I haven't been able to find Broccoli Rabe for a week. It's my must have weekly vegetable. You are the first source on the internet that has covered his important story. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Swiss Chard or Dandelion greens would definitely be an acceptable alternate.

Anonymous said...

I just bought some at Wegmans on Sunday the 13th.

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