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Broccoli - Purple Sprouting

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Broccoli – Purple Sprouting  

Latin Name: Brassica oleracea

Other Names:


Type: Heirloom (OP)


Very hardy heirloom with a delicious flavor.  A primitive broccoil strain that produces small purple heads and many offshoots. Plant produces once overwintered. Great for broccoli sprouts.





Start indoors or direct sow.

Seeds needed

½ oz per 100 ft row.

When to sow

Hardy group. Sow seeds outdoors in late summer or early fall. Plant won’t produce buds until it has over wintered. Will be ready to harvest by February or March.

Planting depth

¼ inch.

In row spacing

18-24 inches.

Square foot spacing

1 per square foot.

Sun exposure

Full sun.

Seeds per ounce


Days to germination


Germination Temperature


Days to maturity

Approximately 120 days but longer if overwintering.

Mature size

36 inches.                                

Companion plants

Celery, potatoes and onions help improve flavor when planted closely. Aromatic herbs such as rosemary, sage, and mint help repel insects.




Tips and tricks

Always harvest shoots before the flowers open; otherwise the plant will stop producing broccoli. Can be grown as a sprouting broccoli indoors in sprouting trays. Leaves can also be harvested and sautéed.

Fruit/produce description

Small purple heads with many offshoots.

When and how to harvest

Use a knife to harvest central stalk of your plant once the flower buds are well formed. This encourages side shoots to develop. Harvest before the flower buds open. Cut the stalk about six inches below the flower head. Harvest side shoots that develop once they reach one to three inches in diameter.

Pests and Problems

Flea Beetles and Aphids can damage broccoli plants. To prevent Flea Beetles keep debris removed, and rotate location planting each year. Use insecticidal soaps or a stream of water to remove aphids.

Yield data

1 pound of product per plant.

How to preserve

Split thicker stalks about halfway up so they cook at the same time as the heads. Great steamed or boiled. To store, cut up, blanche, and freeze in freezer bags. Buds turn green with cooking.  

Seed collection

Insure isolation from all members of the Cole family to avoid cross pollination. After harvesting heads a small yellow flower will appear, and green pods will begin to form. Allow pods to turn brown and dry out. Once pods are dry, they can be picked and opened by hand.

Nutritional Info

Rich source of Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamins: A, C, K, B6. Very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol.



Pasta and Broccoli


12 oz uncooked pasta

6 ½ cups fresh broccoli florets, no stems

5 cloves garlic, smashed or chopped

¼ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Salt and fresh cracked pepper


Bring large pot of salted water to boil. When water boils add pasta and broccoli at the same time and cook according to pasta instructions for al dente. When pasta is almost done cooking, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside. Drain pasta and broccoli. Return the pot to the stove and set heat to high; add 1 tbsp olive oil, when hot, add garlic. Cook until golden, reduce flame to low and add pasta back to pot. Mix well, add remaining olive oil, grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste mixing well and smashing any large pieces of broccoli to break up. Add 1/2cup of reserved pasta water and mix well adding more if needed. Serve in bowl with additional grated cheese on top.


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