Purple Peacock Broccoli

70 days. As ornamental as it is delicious, this Frank Morton head turner has frilly, fuchsia-striped blue leaves and neon-purple stems. Decidedly different than traditional Broccoli, Purple Peacock is an eat-it-all plant more like Broccolini. The yummy leaves are sweet-tender, and the stems and florets are absolutely delicious. Grow as transplants for early spring and again in midsummer for fall harvest. You'll be glad you did. (OP.)

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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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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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