We have been picking various broccoli for a few weeks now. Out of the four types I am growing the heirloom Di ciccio seems to be performing the best this season. We rarely have very large heads but always seem to have more then enough smaller ones.
One of the broccoli plants in our garden is called purple peacock. A plant that not only provides us with a nice little head of broccoli followed by numerous smaller ones, but the leaves are most delicious as well. This plant comes from crosses between Green Goliath broccoli and two kale's. I assume from looking at the leaves that the kale's are red and white Russian. We really like this vegetable not only for its culinary versatility but compact and very cold hardy nature as well. I love looking at the ruffled leaves, it is unlike any other broccoli I have seen. There were a few issues with brassicas prematurely bolting this year but none of the peacock broccoli were involved in the dissent. They seem to be slow growing and very reliable thus far.
I first heard about this wonderful plant on http://www.veggiegardeningtips.com/purple-peacock-broccoli/ a few years back and just had to grow my own. I have not been disappointed.
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