Broccoli & Broccoli Raab

Broccoli Raab – You Can Grow That!

broccoli raab

Perfect little harvest.

Newer to many home gardens than its brassica relatives, broccoli raab is gaining favor rapidly.
And for good reason.

Like cauliflower, cabbage and of course broccoli, you can start the seeds indoors to be ready to transplant about a month before the last spring frosts.
Similarly, it prefers cool weather and is perfect for that spot in the garden that gets a wee bit more shade than the rest.

broccoli raab

See the numerous side shoots?

It has a few advantages over the others, especially broccoli which has always been difficult for us to time just right.
Actually, that is one of the pros of broccoli raab; the timing doesn’t matter much.

You see, you can eat the mini heads even if they have started to flower. Just harvest the heads as they begin to mature.

Or, you can pick the entire plant when the heads first appear, and enjoy stem, leaves, shoots and all.

broccoli raab

Small heads beginning to flower.

It is also a heck of a lot faster from seed to table.
We planted our transplants out at the end of April, and they were ready to harvest in just 4 weeks.
Seriously, the other transplants were just coming out of transplant shock.

We found the flavor to be much milder than broccoli, so it is a good intro veggie for young ones and those who do not favor broccoli.

Whether you have had issues growing broccoli, have a short season, a small garden or are in a hurry to get some good eating, give broccoli raab a try.

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Botanical name: Brassica rapa
Common names: broccoli raab, rabe, broccoletti
Hardiness: Prefers the cool. Transplant out early or direct seed well into spring and again in the fall. May over winter in some areas.
Days to maturity: From transplants 4 weeks, direct seed 6 weeks.
Height: About 24″
Seed source: Open pollinated.
Use: Culinary. Use the leaves, stems and heads as you would beet or turnip tops; raw in salads or cooked.


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How to Grow – Broccoli

baby broccoli

baby broccoli on the right

Broccoli is one of the Cole Crops, which include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi.
All these veggies prefer cooler temps; easy to remember since Cole sounds like Cold.

For broccoli you can choose either an ‘early’ variety, to plant early in the spring or a ‘late’ variety for growing in the fall.

growing broccoli

broccoli as it grows

If broccoli is subjected to hot temperatures it will bolt, or flower.
As pretty as the flowers are, it rends the veggie inedible.
You can try it in a spot that gets a little more shade in the summer than other areas of the garden.

Other than that broccoli is pretty easy to grow.
It doesn’t like strawberries, so keep the two apart.

Broccoli produces one main bunch per plant. Be sure to soak it well in salt water before preparing, to get rid of unwanted dinner guests.
After harvesting, it will continue to provide little baby heads.

Botanical name: Brassica oleracea
Yield: One main head, then numerous smaller shoots.
Days to maturity: 60-70 days
Spacing: 12″
Harvest: After forming a head, but before it bolts
Storage: Best frozen, but can be canned.

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