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Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli (300 seeds) (BR101) $2.50
BULK SEED 1 OZ (BR101C) $5.00

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Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli

         
 
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An Italian heirloom brought to America in the 1880s; 5”-8” heads and many side shoots.

 
Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 22
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

81.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
ehartman
Location:
Bigfork, MT, United States
Date:
November 24, 2015
          4.0
 
Likes the cold
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Lots of florets

What are the cons? Long time to mature

Review:

Planted these indoors around the beginning of May and planted the first week of June. Next year I will start seeds earlier. It took off, and the first few broccoli heads we got in August were compact and pungent, almost sulphuric. Given, this is a cold weather crop and it was a VERY hot and dry summer, so it may have effected its growth habit. It REALLY took off once the weather cooled off. Broccoli started sprouting in shoots everywhere off the main plant and tasted MUCH better. I know that Kale, and all other cool weather crops, can also be finicky about the temperature when it comes to flavor, so no surprise there. I think ONE single plant produces enough to make 2-4 batches of brocolli salad for a family of four as the broccoli seems to ramp up production in Sept-Oct. I probably would have gotten a little more if the deer hadn't finally hopped the fence. Never got any large head on this, just a bunch of smaller florets which are perfect for easy use. The stems would make great slaw

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Momo
Location:
Eugene, OR, United States
Date:
July 17, 2015
          5.0
 
Our favorite green broccoli
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Everything

What are the cons? None

Review:

I have grown this for several years. The central head is good sized. The size and number of side shoots are fantastic. The shoots, flowers and leaves are very sweet. This is delicious and tender, raw or lightly cooked. We will continue to plant this every year for both a spring and fall harvest.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Beccan
Location:
Statesboro, GA, United States
Date:
April 5, 2015
          4.0
 
Meh
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Fast strong grower

What are the cons? No heads

Review:

Like the others, my plants never grew a head worth picking. It was my first time growing broccoli, so I wasn't sure I did something wrong. It survived bug infestations, and grew strong stalks but there was never a head to pick, so I just left it in the bed for the bees. I have seeds left over so I will try them again in a different location, along with a new variety to see if I get different results.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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14 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Greenforlife
Location:
Hamilton, MT, United States
Date:
March 24, 2015
          5.0
 
A Garden Staple
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Produces all season, into fall

What are the cons? Smaller central head

Review:

I have grown this heirloom for years in New Hampshire, and in Montana. No matter whether acidic, moist rich loam or alkaline dry clay, it consistently produces reasonably early with a 6" central head, then shoots side sprouts all the rest of the season, past frost, getting tastier as it goes! The side shoots are good-sized for cooking or salads and delicious! They come so fast, it is hard to keep ahead of them from bolting. I love that I don't have to succession plant to have a continual supply of delicious broccoli all season long. It is carefree, except for cabbage worms... Suggest floating row cover, or occasional sprinkling of wood ash.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kym
Location:
Lilburn, GA
Date:
December 2, 2014
          1.0
 
did not produce
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? none

What are the cons? did not produce a head

Review:

I decided to switch to heirloom seeds from hybrid seeds and seedlings this year to begin learning how to seed save. I tried 2 rounds of this broccoli, early spring and again in fall, totaling more that 40 plants. The plants grew strong and healthy, but never produced more than a 1 inch head if any at all. I was looking forward to freezing broccoli this year, and I have none. Very disappointing.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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