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Broccoli green - Desi Seeds

Broccoli green - Desi Seeds
Sprouting Broccoli is a cool season vegetable.
1 packet contains Broccoli approximately 30 seeds.
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Description for Broccoli green

This cool-season crop grows best when daytime temperatures are in the 60°F. Grow in both spring and fall, but avoid mid-summer crops as hot weather can cause premature bolting.

Like spinach, can be grown in the spring or fall. In fact, you may be able to get a continual harvest throughout both seasons if you time planting correctly. A member of the cabbage family, broccoli is rich in vitamins.

Common name(s): broccoli
Flower colours: NA
Bloom time: early summer, mid-summer, late summer, early fall, mid-fall
Max reacahble height: Height: 2 to 3 feet Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Difficulty to grow:: Moderately easy

Planting and care


Direct seeding of broccoli plants is possible. This is especially so with a fall crop.
For the first summer harvest, start your broccoli seeds in early spring.
For a fall harvest, start your seeds in midsummer.
Broccoli transplants can grow in six to eight weeks for a summer crop and only five to six weeks for a fall crop.
When growing transplants in the spring, you want to make sure to give them enough cold weather to harden off, but make sure they are protected from freezing temperatures.

Sunlight: full sun, Can tolerate light shade but will slow maturity.
Soil: Requires well-drained soil, fertile soil high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5.
Water: Provide a uniform water supply every day to your plants.
Temperature: 65 and 75°F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic manure.

Caring for Broccoli green

  • Fertilize three weeks after transplanting.
  • Provide consistent soil moisture with regular watering, especially in drought conditions.
  • Some varieties of broccoli are heat tolerant, but all need moisture.
  • Do not get developing heads wet when watering.
  • Roots are very shallow, do not cultivate.
  • Suffocate weeds with mulch.
  • Mulch will also help to keep soil temperatures down.

Harvesting


Broccoli come to harvest in 100 to 150 days.

Typical uses of Broccoli green

Special features: Broccoli is the best choice for the home garden.

Culinary use:

  • Broccoli can be steamed or sauteed and served by itself or with other vegetables.
  • It should be steamed before sauteing or stir-frying.
  • Raw broccoli is very popular when accompanied by a dipping sauce, and is often served with other raw vegetables.
  • Broccoli rosettes can be cut from the stems and then the rosette and the cut stems can be cooked separately and served together.
  • Steamed broccoli with butter, or sauteed broccoli in olive oil with garlic and finished with a squeeze of lemon are two of the more common ways of serving broccoli, and each is a great base from which many variations can be made.
  • The stalks are just as delicious as the flowers, so try chopping them into 1/4" pieces with your flowers.

 

Ornamental use: NA

Medicinal use:
Cancer Prevention - Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane.
It also contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
Cholesterol Reduction
Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body.
Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation.
Powerful Antioxidant - Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.
Bone Health - Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
Heart Health - The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.
Detoxification -Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization.
Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.
Diet Aid - Broccoli is a smart curb and is high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.
Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
Alkalises Your Body - Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits.

Note: Use only after consulting the specialist.

References

  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/how-to-grow-broccoli.htm
  • http://www.smartgardener.com/plants/1462-broccoli-de-cicco/culinary

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