Tyrian Purple Broccoli

70-80 days. This stunning and delicious variety looks just as beautiful in the garden as it does in the kitchen. Rosettes of thick, vivid blue-green leaves frame loose heads of the most gorgeous cool purple-green Broccoli. Once the main head is harvested, additional side shoots may form, extending the harvest. While the purple color fades with cooking, it'll turn heads when served raw on veggie platters and in fresh salads. (F1.)

One packet of about 50 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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