(Brassica oleracea) A cabbage relative grown for its unopened flower buds, broccoli is a Mediterranean native that thrives in cool (but not cold) weather. Prior to the turn of the 20th century, purple broccoli was more common than green. Descended from wild cabbage native to the Mediterranean coast, broccoli was bred by the ancient Etruscans. Although Thomas Jefferson grew it at Monticello, broccoli would not become commercially grown in the U.S. until the 1920s. Sow seeds indoors about 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow seeds ½ inch deep in trays filled with good quality potting mix. Ideal germination temperature is 75 degrees; seeds will germinate in 8-10 days. You can also direct seed 2-3 weeks before last frost, planting ¼ inch to ½ inch deep, 12 inches apart, and again in midsummer for a fall harvest. Provide rich soil and fertilizer for best results as broccoli is a fairly heavy feeder. Keep well watered. Sprouting types need to experience a winter's chill to make broccoli but are not reliably winter-hardy in zones 6 and colder.
This is a lovely small broccoli with frilled, kale-like leaves and tasty purple heads. Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds married “Green Goliath” broccoli with two different kale varieties, and the result is the most beautiful and versatile broccoli we have ever seen! An excellent edible ornamental to bring attention to the veggie patch.
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. Not only is this vegetable a taste test winner, but also nutritional superfood, as our tests show it can contain over 100% of your vitamin A and 50% or your vitamin C in daily requirements, plus protein, calcium and more!