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There are other types grown in Europe and the Orient: the cauliflower-broccoli cross called Romanesco (85 days), and Floccoli (65 days), the green sprouting Broccoli raab (a turnip broccoli) and the Chinese broccoli which is actually a kale.
Most home vegetable gardeners like a plant that will produce a large central head, which after cutting, causes the plant to sprout many side shoots that can be harvested over a long season. Bonanza Hybrid (Burpee, 55 days) is a good one. There are several varieties called Sprouting Broccoli that do not form a large central head. These are probably one of the easiest Brassicas to grow: Early Purple Sprouting (120 days) and the old Italian variety Calabrese (85 days). If you want a large-headed type, one of the best is Premium Crop, an All-American Selection. Burpee, Park and Stokes all carry it. Do not forget that maturity dates listed here and in catalogues are from setting out the transplants in the spring. Also, for large head types, try Goliath & Packman.

 





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