This variety is a favorite with home and market gardeners.
- Dark green
- Heads grow to 8 inches
- Side shoots or sprouts form after the central head is harvested
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
The Story of Calabrese
Calabrese broccoli was brought to America by Italian immigrants in the 1880s and has since become a popular market variety.
Broccoli was domesticated in the northern Mediterranean region beginning around the 6th century BCE. It was first brought to the United States by Italian immigrants but was not widely accepted as a commercial agricultural crop until the 1920s.
Put it on the Dinner Table
This variety works for
- Fresh eating
Broccoli can be served fresh as an appetizer with dip or hummus, or tossed in a cold salad. Use fresh broccoli to top your pizzas or toss it in with an egg custard with sautéed bacon and onions for a quiche.
You can roast your broccoli with lemon and parmesan or add it to a casserole like oven-baked macaroni and cheese. The stems, which can be tough, work well for broccoli soup once they are peeled and cooked.