When you say: "This broccoli, also called broccoli rabe, is more bitter than the traditional spears," you are not comparing rapini to actual broccoli? The two are not related, although they share the word "broccoli" the rapini is actually of the turnip family, while broccoli is more closey related to cabbage. My point? Don't compare the two in reference to taste and texture -- that's like comparing apples to oranges. A food critic should know this.