BROCCOLI ROMANESCO (Brassica oleracea), is a cauliflower variant form. An Italian heirloom first described in literature in the 16th Century as Brocolo Romanesco. Instantly recognizable for its beautiful spiraling apple-green head that art photographers love to capture as "fractals." Exceptionally creamy nutty taste. Grows well in Northern areas, but if started early enough thrives even here in the Carolina Piedmont. 75-100 days from transplant. 50 Seeds.
NUTRITION: Broccoli is one of the healtiest vegetables you can eat. A powerhouse of Vitamins and phytonutrients, broccoli lowers cholesterol and can also cure ulcers by killing H.pylori bacteria in your stomach, the cause of ulcers. And a recent study at the University of East Anglia found that a compound in broccoli called sulforaphane can help prevent and slow cartilage damage and osteoarthritis. These special capabilities of broccoli are even more concentrated when you sprout the seed.
GROWING TIPS: Start indoors in April for May transplanting 15" apart in rows 36" apart following a period of "hardening off." Soil should be neutral. Water regularly.