Biennial, grown as an annual for the tasty flower buds which it produces in 47 days. Sprouting broccoli produces many more meals worth of smaller “broccolinis” that are good for stir-fry after you cut off the main head. Sow spring or fall. Thin or transplant to 1 foot apart. Prefers full sun and moist garden soil. Thin gradually as they grow and develop. We eat the thinnings, either raw in salads or by steaming them briefly. Anticancer compounds present in broccoli are highest in the sprouts, so eating the thinnings is a really easy way to get the goodness of the plant. You can enjoy many servings of greens from broccoli long before it would otherwise be “ready” to eat in a more traditional form. Germination is rapid and complete.
Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
Contains 300 seeds. Plenty for eating the sprouts!