Back when this vintage vegetable graced everyone’s table, Calabrese Green Sprouting broccoli is the real thing, when talking Italian broccoli. The whole plant is edible, from the long thin stems to the dainty florets on top. Equally tender in a stir-fry or side dish, a way more time-saving crop to grow than the familiar large headed variety.
An Italian heirloom brought to the US by immigrants in the 1880s, Calabrese Green Spouting broccoli plants grow 18-30 inches high and produce 3-6 inch blue-green central heads that are followed by prolific smaller side shoots. The best time to harvest your broccoli is when the heads appear tight and firm, before the tiny buds start to open. The appearance of yellow petals means you should pick your broccoli right away. Take a minimum of 6 inches of stem when removing broccoli from the garden. If side shoots have begun to grow, they will continue to do so. Calabrese Green Spouting broccoli plants will continue to grow new heads throughout the season, especially when planted in areas with cooler summers. Super-nutritious broccoli is one of the most versatile veggies. Puree steamed broccoli with milk and cheese for a creamy broccoli soup, eat it raw with dips, use it in chicken divan and other casseroles, or steam it and sprinkle with sharp cheddar cheese. Or toss florets with olive oil and salt and roast in a hot oven. Broccoli is packed with antioxidants and sulforaphane, believed to help prevent and fight cancer, improve bone health, promote healthier skin, and help with natural detoxification.
Item Package Size
Weight Of Seeds Per Packet
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 415 seeds per packet
Brassica oleracea italica
How To Grow
Start indoors (summer crop) or direct sow (fall crop)