Leave some space in your garden for this early purple sprouting broccoli. These extremely cold-hardy biennial plants grow over the winter months ready for early spring harvest. Purple sprouting broccoli provide very small, sweet purple flowering shoots in the spring. The tall plants from Red Spear broccoli seeds are very generous with small side-shoots for many weeks. Sow in late summer for February to March harvest. Steam or enjoy the stems and flower heads raw. They are also very nice in stir-fried dishes and soups. Purple sprouting broccoli has been hugely popular with UK gardeners, and is now seeing a rise of interest in North America. Winner of the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Matures in 7 months. (Open-pollinated seeds)
One stalk of cooked broccoli gives you 75mg of vitamin C, 1300 IU of beta carotene, 3g of protein and 5g of dietary fibre with only 40 calories. No wonder they is one of the most popular vegetables you can eat today! The crown portion tastes great when cooked or steamed. You can eat the greens, too! Retain the stems for soups or soup stock. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Broccoli from Seeds Guide and grow food!.