When you think of how that hardy kale plant has been producing its super nutritious (and super popular) leaves all soggy winter long, it’s especially remarkable (maybe even miraculous) that the tiny little yellow blossoms that show up in early spring are so sweet. Raab is a tangible, edible sign that not only has the kale (or broccoli or what have you) “overwintered” and survived into spring, but so have we.
Of course, when these plants bolt, they’re at the end of their life cycle, sending out their seeds to produce the next generation. By contrast, we humble humans hope spring brings more life. Savoring a new vegetable can be a part of that spring ritual of rebirth, if only with a meal to mark the passage of time and wonder of nature. Serve up the raab!