Harvesting Broccoli

happy_fl_gardenerNovember 27, 2012

Prime broccoli time is coming now. This head is a day or two past what I consider ideal, but it tasted just fine. It cooked to a very dark green and was very tasty (steamed). This variety is called Thompson. It's my first time growing this variety and I'm glad that I did.

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These are my bluewind broccoli plants, in the front. These plants grow large. As you can see, I have a LOT of broccoli leaves I could use but I also have a lot of different kinds of kale so I really don't need them, that is, unless someone comes up with a good idea. Does anyone know if they make good "chips"?


    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 8:21PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

Very pretty Christine! :-)


    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 7:26AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

I always use broccoli leaves as well as the tops - I think the younger leaves taste much better than kale - usually more tender as well.

My fave is to saute chopped broccoli tops, stems & leaves w/ some olive oil, garlic, onions & carrots & serve over pasta w/ parmesan or romano cheese. I season w/ some hot pepper flakes or hot ground chiles.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Thanks Tom and Carol. Carol, thanks for the recipe. I have carrots ready to eat from the garden too, so this recipe will be a great help.


    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 8:32PM
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