Broccoli, De Cicco
De Cicco broccoli was introduced to American gardeners in the 1890s from Italy where it is known for its tender stalks and mild flavor. It's a reliable variety that produces a compact, 3-4" diameter bluish-green central head followed by sets of side shoots that can be harvested over the course of weeks. The long harvest period for both the central heads and side shoots make this a great home garden variety that you won't find in the grocery store.
Broccoli: An old plant that was first documented grown in Italy before the Roman empire. We mostly eat the large clusters of flowers buds and the stems. Look to grow this early in the spring or in the fall when the cool weather helps keep it from getting too bitter and the flowers from opening.
Growing Tips: Broccoli can get pretty large, so make sure to plant them a good 18 inches apart to make sure they have plenty of light as they develop. Broccoli loves well drained, fertile soil so don’t skimp on adding compost before planting time.