Chinese Broccoli, Yod Fah
55 days to maturity. The delectable, tender stalks taste like a cross between asparagus and broccoli, only sweeter. Our favorite spring vegetable, this is a very easy to grow broccoli-like plant from China. We can’t get enough of the crisp stems and shoots, which are about as thick as a large asparagus shoot, with a perfect snap and crunch. Nothing goes to waste with this crop; all parts of the plant are delicious. The tender blue-green, glossy leaves are similar to kale but better, and the broccoli-like inflorescence are buttery soft and nutty in flavor. A must have for those who long for broccoli but struggle to grow it, excellent for market gardeners as well. Yod Fah is a selection from Thailand that boasts good heat resistance.
Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli
A sublime wintertime treat, this buttery soft, nutty-flavored broccoli from the U.K. can grow unprotected in zones 7b and warmer. Gardeners in cooler climates can grow this over winter in hoop houses or greenhouses. It is ideal for mild coastal or protected climates and produces lots of purple broccoli sprouts in the spring. Listed in John Mason’s seed catalog in 1793.