Broccoli or Broccolini ?

The broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and grown for its edible, immature flower heads. One of the most nutritious vegetables, it contains high levels of antioxidants.

This cool-season crop grows best when daytime temperatures are under 20 degrees .

The best part with broccoli is that you can Grow them in both spring and fall, but avoid mid-summer crops as hot weather can cause premature bolting. Romanesco types are especially handsome choices for edible landscaping.

While kale, collards, and broccoli are longtime staples in my garden, I am always searching for something new to try. A more recent addition to my garden, broccolini, has become one of my favorites.

Broccolini is actually a hybrid cross between European broccoli, B. oleracea var. italica, and Chinese gai lan, B. oleracea var. alboglabra, otherwise known as Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale.

Though it resembles broccoli in many ways, unlike its large-headed relative, broccolini produces many small flowering shoots on thin tender stems.

The entire plant is edible, including the curly green leaves, small florets, and long stems.

Now that you know that Broccolini is sometimes called “baby broccoli,” but it is not a young version of broccoli as that name would suggest, you just have to run to your nursery and check if they have both seeds!

Have fun!

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