Broccoli is a close relative of the beloved by many cauliflower, it is no coincidence that they are very similar to each other in appearance. But broccoli has a lower density of heads, the looser heads of this cabbage are located on fleshy shoots 15-20 cm long, in appearance and taste somewhat reminiscent of asparagus. And the color of the heads is unusual for our eyes - from dark green to purple. This culture is quite rare in our gardens, despite its great nutritional value, original and delicate taste, unpretentiousness and favorable climatic conditions for its cultivation - from temperate to northern farming zones.
In all respects, broccoli surpasses its more popular relative in our country - cauliflower. It is not afraid of spring frosts, it is practically not damaged by pests, it is fruitful and has an increased repair ability, i.e. after harvesting the main head until the very frost, every 5-7 days it gives a crop of numerous small heads the size of a hen's egg. It is less demanding on growing conditions. In addition, along with the heads, young shoots up to 15 cm long also go for food, for which they called her asparagus cabbage. These seemingly dense shoots in ready-made dishes are so tasty and tender that they resemble soft butter.
Now on sale there is a wide selection of varieties of asparagus cabbage:
Atlantic - mid-season variety with a growing season of 125-135 days. The height of the stem reaches 50-60 cm. The plant forms a very powerful rosette of leaves and large dense heads. The weight of the central head is 0.2-0.3 kg, the maximum weight is 0.4 kg.
Arcadia F1 - mid-season, very productive hybrid, 110 days pass from sowing to ripening. The plant is powerful, tall. The head is large, dark green, weighing up to 0.4 kg. It is good for fresh use and for processing.
Balboa F1 - a new mid-season hybrid with an erect rosette of leaves. The head is covered, large, whitish, firm, of excellent taste.
Vyarus - an early ripe variety with a horizontal rosette of leaves. Leaves are gray-green, bubbly. The head is small, green, small-knobby, weighing up to 120 g, good taste. Forms secondary heads well.
Genoa - mid-season variety, well suited for compact planting. The head is domed, with small flower buds, dark green, well preserved on the root.
Dwarf - mid-season variety with a raised rosette of leaves and very wavy leaves along the edges. The head is gray-green, medium density, weighing up to 0.3 kg, excellent taste.
Greenbelt - mid-season variety, 105 days pass from sowing to harvest. The heads are medium in size, of excellent quality, with very small flower buds.
Grinia - a mid-ripening very productive variety with a growing season of 125-140 days. The plant forms a large rosette of leaves up to 60 cm high. The heads are dense, weighing 0.2-0.3 kg.
Green Sprouting - early ripening variety. The rosette of leaves is medium-sized. The heads are compact, dense, weighing 0.3-0.4 kg.
Green Favorite F1 - one of the most famous mid-season hybrids of foreign selection. Differs in exceptionally high yield. The heads are dense, weighing 0.3-0.4 kg.
Emperor F1 - early ripening, very productive hybrid with a growing season of 75-80 days. The plant forms a powerful rosette of leaves. The heads are large, domed, with a smooth dark green surface.
Calabrese - mid-season variety with a period from germination to ripening of 90 days. Differs in amicable ripening of the crop. The heads are medium-dense, dark green. The mass of the main head is up to 0.4 kg, then the plant forms 6-7 lateral heads weighing up to 0.1 kg.
Comanches - an early ripe variety, the heads are harvested 90 days after sowing the seeds. The heads are large, firm, green, well preserved on the root. The variety is resistant to low and high temperatures.
Konpakta - mid-season fruitful variety, ripens 100 days after sowing. Plants are very compact, suitable for thickened planting. The head is domed, large, with very small flower buds, dark green, well preserved on the root.
Continental - late ripening variety. The head is green, bumpy, dense, very large, weighing up to 0.5 kg, excellent taste.
Corvette F1 - an early ripe excellent hybrid, the heads ripen 60 days after planting the seedlings. Rosettes of leaves are powerful, resistant to adverse weather conditions, tolerate a thickened planting. The heads are large, round, dense, grayish-green, have numerous lateral inflorescences, good for freezing.
Laser F1 - a very early ripening hybrid, the heads ripen in 75 days. Both the main and lateral heads are dense, of a beautiful dark green color.
Lucky F1 - late ripening hybrid. The head is large, weighing 0.3-0.5 kg, very dense, with a delicate structure. The product receipt period is very long.
Linda - early ripening variety. The heads are dark green, very large, their weight can reach 0.3-0.35 kg. After cutting it forms up to 6 lateral, rather large heads.
Marathon F1 - a late-ripening hybrid with a raised rosette of leaves. The head is large, weighing up to 0.7 kg, green, dense, with a delicate texture, excellent taste.
Monton F1 - mid-season hybrid with a raised rosette of leaves. The head is large, weighing up to 0.8 kg, gray-green, medium density, excellent taste.
Summe King Is an outstanding early ripening variety. The central head is large, very dense, convex, and the lateral ones are of medium size. The variety tolerates hot weather well, gives a good harvest both in early and late growing periods.
Senshi - mid-season tall variety, 110 days pass from sowing to harvest. The head is large, domed, hard, with small flower buds, dark green, can be stored for a long time after collection.
Tone - an early ripening variety with a growing season of 75-90 days and amicable ripening of the crop. Plants are capable of rapid head regrowth. The heads are dark green, medium density, weighing 0.15-0.25 kg, high taste. In cold or hot weather, the color of the heads may take on a brownish brown tint.
Tribute F1 - an early ripe hybrid with a vegetation period of 85 days. The hybrid is resistant to unfavorable external growing conditions. Medium sized heads, excellent taste.
Fiesta F1 - early ripening hybrid with a vertical rosette of leaves without side shoots. The head is dense, dark green, of excellent taste.
Fortune - mid-season variety with a raised rosette of leaves. The head is gray-green, medium density, weighing up to 0.15 kg, good taste.
Caesar - mid-season variety. Forms large, very dense, green heads with a violet tinge. In density, the heads resemble cauliflower.