EARLY PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI (Brassica oleracea) is an English heirloom with sweet flavor. Planted or transplanted in the Fall, it grows over the winter for early Spring harvest. Produces many side shoots with small purple heads for continuous cutting. Beautiful in the Spring garden, so why not tuck them in a flower bed among a few edible violets! Note that this takes 200 days to complete its growth, requiring that over-wintering period to produce its pretty little purple heads (which turn green when cooked). Be careful not to overcook - just braise or quickly steam for tender deliciousness! 200 days. 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. These special capabilities of broccoli are even more concentrated when you sprout the seed.
GROWING TIPS: Since it likes cool soil, it is best to start indoors during the summer and then transplant after the weather cools. Then, patience during the long winter and delight in the Spring!