EARLY PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI (Brassica oleracea) is an English heirloom that was grown over the winter for spring harvest producing many side shoots with small purple heads for continuous cutting. Note that this takes 200 days to complete its growth, requiring an over-wintering before production of the pretty little purple heads - gorgeous in the garden. Turns 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: Unless you have an exceptionally long growing season, brassicas must be started indoors, with warmth and light. To give them a proper start requires special equipment - windowsills aren't adequate, though you will get seedlings that way, they will be spindly and not mature properly. Invest in a small seed starter kit with sterlized soil & containers, bottom heat and overhead grow light. You will not regret it! Be sure to "harden off" all seedlings before final planting. This involves giving them short exposures outdoors when planting season approaches, lengthening the time each day from a few hours to the full day and then overnight before planting. In this way, your baby plants will strengthen and really produce for you!