Di Ciccio Broccoli
Did you know one broccoli plant can produce food for months? Meet Di Ciccio Broccoli, Brassica oleracea var. italica, a type of sprouting broccoli that produces one medium-sized head followed by endless smaller side sprouts that can be harvested for weeks, if not months on end. The tender stalks and leaves are also delicious. Allowing a few of the side sprouts to go to flower will results in tall stalks of yellow flowers that attract all kinds of pollinators.
This plant originates from the Mediterranean, as does all broccoli. Sprouting broccoli is often confused with Rapini and Broccolini, but these are in fact entirely separate species.
For the largest and most productive plants, start broccoli 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost under grow lights. Harden and transplant once the plant has at least 2 sets of true leaves; transplants are cold tolerant. Allow ample room for Di Ciccio Broccoli in your garden. If given the space, plants can grow to four feet in diameter. Trim broccoli regularly to encourage sprouting and remove yellowing or mouldy leaves.
Grown organically with love and tenderness in the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada, in the summer of 2023. Germination tested. Minimum 30 seeds.