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How to pick sprouting broccoli

Posted Feb 02 2010 2:19pm
Pick the sprouting broccoli spears:

  • just before the flower buds open 

purple-broccoli-spear

purple-broccoli-spear

  • about 10cm long
sprouting-broccoli-spear

sprouting-broccoli-spear

  • when young, so very tender & not stringy
early sprouting rudolph

early sprouting rudolph

  • leaving some stem on the plant, so that the buds will produce more spears – cut & come again!

 

The central head on the sprouting broccoli plant will be larger than the side shoots, but not as big as the standard broccoli sold in the shops. This is actually calabrese – quite different from sprouting broccoli harvested in the early spring.

Cut the large central head  out before the flower buds open, when still tender. Cutting out the central head will encourage the side shoots to develop.

whitesprouting-brocoli

whitesprouting-brocoli

Pick sprouting broccoli every few days to make sure the shoots are young and tender.  It is often difficult to see the sprouts in amongst the leaves, particularly the purple sprouts, but white sprouting broccoli is easier to see and pick!

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