Types of Broccoli
Mini Broccoli: Entire bunch is harvested when buds appear or buds are harvested for an extended harvest. Buds form instead of full-sized heads.
Broccoli Raab: Edible leafy shoots and clumped flower buds that are sometimes bitter in taste.
Full-Sized Broccoli: Large plants that produce full-sized heads and lots of side shoots after main head has been harvested.
List of Broccoli Varieties
Mini Broccoli Varieties (Broccoli X Gailon)
Happy Rich: Produces large florets sweet in flavor. Plants are dark green with lots of side shoots. 55 days.
Atlantis: High yield potential. Florets are even bigger than “Happy Rich.” Harvest mature head to encourage side shoots to grow for an additional 4-6 weeks. Slightly sweet flavor. 60 days.
Santee: (sprouting broccoli) Produces sweet and tender purple florets with green stems. (Florets turn green after cooking.) Good for bunching. Harvest heads when mini in size. Grows best in cooler climates. Hot weather turns broccoli bitter. Produces for 3-5 weeks. 80-115 days.
Broccoli Raab Varieties
Sessantina Grossa: Early variety. Shoots and buds are thick and tender, resembling “mini” versions of full-sized broccoli. Best when used for an early harvest. 35 days.
Spring Raab: Best pick for growing and harvesting all season long. Large plants mature late. Great for pairing with Sessantina Grossa for extended harvest. 42 days.
Spigariello Liscia: Leaf variety grown similar to broccoli raab. Individual leaves or bunches can be harvested. If left to mature, mini broccoli heads will form. Sweetetaste. 45 days, 70 days for mini heads.
Green Goliath: Great garden variety. Produces bluish-green heads with tight buds and lots of side shoots. Large heads can be harvested over a 3 week period. 53 days.
Calabrese: Heirloom variety. Produces dark, bluish-green heads averaging 5” across on large 30-36” plants. 60-90 days.
Green Duke: Great southern variety. Vigorous grower producing high yields of dome shaped heads. Tolerates heat well. 70 days.
Blue Wind: Early variety. Produces medium-sized blueish green heads. Uniform in size. Easy to harvest. 49 days.
Flash: Early variety. Produces bluish-green heads sweeter in flavor than most. Tolerates heat and Downy mildew. 50 days.
Amadeus: Early variety. Produces medium-sized heads blueish-green in color. Produces lots of side shoots. Attractive heads look good at markets with fine beads and uniform shape. Plants are medium-sized and vigorous. 56 days.
Packman Broccoli: Early Variety. High-yielding. Produces 8” dark-green domed heads with medium-large beads. Lots of side shoots. Freezes well. Tolerates heat. 57 days.
Premium Crop: Early variety. Produces 9” heads with tight beads. Plants can grow up to 2’ tall. Flavorful. 58 days.
Gypsy: Early variety. Produces uniform, well-domed heads with a medium-large bead size. Stems are medium in size. Produces a good amount of side shoots. Plants grow large and resist downy mildew well and have a good heat tolerance. 58 days.
|Coronado Crown Broccoli|
Green Magic: Produces blueish-green heads uniform in size and full of flavor. Tolerates downy mildew. Freezes well. 60 days.
Bay Meadows: Adaptable variety. Produces blueish-green heads with good domes. 60 days.
Arcadia: Cold variety. Produces firm, dark-green heads with a frosted look. Grows vigorously maturing mid to late season. Resists downy mildew, head rot & brown heads. Tolerates stress and cold well. 63 days.
Batavia: Produces dark-green heads with tight, medium beads. Adapts well. Resists powdery mildew. Heat and cold tolerant. 65 days.
Diplomat: A great variety for the north. Produces dense, dark-green heads medium-large in size with small beads. Good for bunching or crown cutting. Resists downy mildew well. 68 days.
Marathon: Fall/winter variety. Matures late in the season. Tolerates cold very well. Harvest in late summer and fall. 68 days.
|Summer Purple Broccoli|
Non-Hybrid Broccoli Varieties
Waltham: Produces medium- large heads dark green in color. Plants grow up to 2’ tall. 85 days.
Open Pollinated Broccoli
De Cicco: Italian variety. Produces clusters of 3-4" main heads and lots of side shoots for an extended harvest. Good for spring and fall production. 48 days.
Resources: Johnny's Selected Seeds, Gurney's Seed and Nursery Co., Park Seed Co., Generic Seeds