Broccoli Romanesco HEIRLOOM Seeds

Broccoli Romanesco HEIRLOOM Seeds

Brassica oleracea (Botrytis group)

Item #0235

100 days. Is it a piece of art or an alien creature? Romanesco is neither — and it’s not actually a broccoli. Even more confusing, it’s sometimes incorrectly called broccoflower in grocery stores. First noted by Italians in the 16th century, it is now catching the eyes of gourmet chefs as a new and different vegetable. It grows like a cauliflower with a 5" - 6" lime green, spiraled head composed of many small, pointed florets. When cooked, Romanesco has a delicious nutty flavor and a tender, creamy texture similar to a blend of cauliflower and asparagus.

This packet sows nine 10-foot rows.

Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
a group of 6 seeds every 24"

Row Spacing:

When 2" tall,
thin to
1 every 24"

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Also, in late summer for fall harvest. In mild winter climates, can be sown in late fall for winter, early spring harvest.

When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Harvest heads as soon as they have developed and reach 5"-6" in diameter. Head should be firm and solid. Cut at the base where it connects with the stem using a sharp knife. Remove entire plant after harvest since it will not produce side shoots like true broccoli.

Artist: Libby Kyer

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