Country Creek Acres
Calabrese Broccoli Seed
Description & Nutritional Value
Introduced to the seed trade around 1910, this variety was brought to our shores-and our gardens-by Italian immigrants. A deliciously old-fashioned broccoli, it boasts dark bluish-green central heads about 5" across. Tall, erect, 30-36" plants give way to multiple side shoots once the central head is cut. Harvest 60-90 days after transplant. There have been a number of studies that suggest broccoli can help protect you from cancer. Broccoli is a particularly rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K.
How To Grow
To prevent spring planted calabrese sprouting broccoli from flowering during summer harvest, start plants indoors six to eight weeks before the final frost. Sow seeds ¼ inch (6 mm.) deep in a good quality starter soil and keep moist during germination. Place sprouted seedlings near a window or under grow lights. To prevent sun scorched leaves and transplant shock, each broccoli plant will need hardened off before planting in the garden. To harden vegetable plants, slowly introduce them to full sunlight and windy conditions by exposing them to the outdoors for an increasingly longer period of time each day. Using a portable mini greenhouse can aid in this process. Once the ground has sufficiently warmed and danger of frost has past, transplant calabrese sprouting broccoli to a sunny location with good drainage. To prevent disease transmission, rotate crops. Avoid planting broccoli where any member of the cabbage family has been grown in the past three years.
How To Use
Many people love it fresh, whereas some prefer to stir fry their broccoli before consuming this nutrient-rich delight. Calabrese is best steamed rather than boiled as it will retain its flavor and texture better. Small spears can also be stir-fried. The thicker stalks are great for making soups like Broccoli & Stilton Soup.
All Seeds are grown and packaged in the U.S. (Each bag is individually labeled)
All seed lots are tested for germination.
Works great with any type of sprouter.