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Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable that is well-known for its high nutritional value, containing many important vitamins and essential minerals — such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K, iron, and potassium. While broccoli is not everyone’s favourite vegetable, there are many tasty ways to prepare it by roasting or sautéeing with the right ingredients.
When growing broccoli, it is important to plant in composted, fertile soil that is slightly acidic. Broccoli seeds should be spaced well apart to allow the main heads to grow properly and planted in the late spring in Canada. Make sure to harvest your broccoli as soon as any yellow heads start to show, as they will lose flavour and nutritional value quickly afterward.
Green Sprouting Broccoli Seeds (Italian Type) Heirloom Vegetable. Broccoli has been cultivated for over 2000 years. This garden favourite is native to the Mediterranean but migrated throughout the world to become a major vegetable of choice for home gardeners. Broccoli are high in vitamins A and C, folic acid and iron. Interestingly, broccoli contains high levels of the reputed cancer fighting compound, sulforaphane. Green Sprouting is an old Italian variety that matures early and is surprisingly easy to grow. Large vigorous plants grow to 50 cm (20″) tall. Produces heavy crops of large, solid, central heads with numerous medium size lateral heads produced later in the season. Open pollinated.
Rapini or Spring Raab Broccoli Seeds Heirloom Vegetable. A traditional Italian variety producing both tender young leaves and flowering shoots with tiny broccoli-like florets. Both the leaves and the heads can be eaten together creating a robust flavour that will dazzle your taste buds and leave you looking for more. By carefully picking young leaves, stems and flower buds, the harvest period can be spread out over 2 to 4 weeks.
How to Grow
300 seed/gram. Plants mature quickly and grow best in cooler weather. Both early and late crops are possible. For early crops, start seeds indoors in a soil-less mix from late March to early April. Set out the transplants in late April and early May spacing them about 45 cm (18″) apart in rows 90 cm (3′) apart. Fertilizing is essential. Use a balanced NPK granular or 20-20-20 water soluble. Keep weeded and evenly watered. Broccoli may become top heavy as the heads form – staking may be required. Harvest the main head when the buds are tight and compact, well before flowering. Cut the centre stalk at an angle below the main head and avoid damaging the side shoots. This encourages more heads to develop and will prolong the harvest. Flowering will signal an end to head production. One packet sows approx. 20 m (66’) of row when thinned to a 40-50 cm (16-18”) spacing.