Aspabroc Baby Broccoli

50-60 days. The alias of this Broccoli Raab cousin is Broccolini®. A fine gourmet treat with stems as tender as Asparagus, it has loose little heads that are milder and sweeter than Broccoli Raab. The compact plants produce a small central head followed by a never-ending flurry of delectable side shoots. Plant this baby in early spring, and again in late summer for prolonged fall harvest. It makes one awesome crusty sandwich. Add two fingers of water to a heavy skillet and simmer sweet Italian sausages until the water evaporates. Add sliced Onions, Aspabroc Baby Broccoli stems and finely minced Garlic, sautéing until just tender. Salt and pepper to taste, adding crushed red pepper flakes judiciously. Pile the zesty melange on warm Italian bread topped with Fontina cheese (the flavorful luscious melter). For pasta sauce, add a swish of white table wine and ladels of hot pasta liquid until the consistency seems right. Top with freshly grated parmesan. (F1.)

One packet of about 100 seeds
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This Brassica favorite has been enjoyed in Europe since the Roman Empire, yet it only became really popular in the U.S. in the Roaring Twenties. Easily grown in fertile soil and cool, sunny weather, Broccoli is best grown as transplants, sown 4 weeks before setting out, 2 weeks before the last spring frost date. Sow seed again in July to transplant out for an additional fall Broccoli bonanza. Harvest the crisp, dark green florets with a sharp blade before the florets open, as close to consumption as possible. Avoid flower development, and harvest regularly to encourage new side shoot growth. Broccoli is best enjoyed raw, steamed, stir-fried or roasted to reap the benefits of its Vitamin C, dietary fiber and anti-cancer properties: any way but boiled. Listen to your body's Broccoli cravings. We adore it roasted in combination with quartered Red Onions, Brussels Sprouts, baby Carrots, Fennel, Cauliflower and black seedless grapes. Or, in Chef Gene Genarelli's raw Broccoli Pecan Salad. We've eaten it for breakfast. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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