Monday, September 26, 2011
A Good Year for Fall Broccoli
Our broccoli is doing fantastic this year. This may well be the best crop I've ever grown. I have a dozen plants setting crowns right now and each one is about 6 inches in diameter. I harvested about half of them today.
Unlike my Asian greens, the slugs, leafminers and cabbage warms don't seem to be bothering the broccoli all too much. This is my second year growing 'Bonanza' and I couldn't be happier with it. This variety matures relatively early and produces lots of side shoots long after the main head is cut. Last year, I was still harvesting them in early December.
There's nothing like eating broccoli that's been cooked within minutes of being harvested. Homegrown broccoli is sweeter, crispier and less stringy than what you find at the supermarket, which is why I like to slice up and stir-fry a good amount of the stem as well.
How is your broccoli doing this fall?