Broccoli Varieties - What's the Difference?
There are several different broccoli varieties available to the backyard vegetable gardener. These varieties vary in color, size and texture. We encourage you to try a couple of different varieties to find out which on is your favorite. In addition, if you like to eat fresh broccoli, try to choose varieties that mature at different times. This way, you extend the harvest time and don't end up dealing with a whole bunch of broccoli all at once. We try and grow varieties that mature in 50, 55 and 60 days. If you do this and spread the planting time out over a period of 7-10 days, it allows you to have a continuous supply of fresh broccoli for a few weeks.
Here is a list of some of the more common varieties available from seed catalogs and local garden centers.
Please keep in mind that the "number of days to harvest" is
counted after the broccoli seedling has been transplanted in your garden.
- Coronado Crown - this broccoli variety features large dome-shaped heads and very tender stems, blueish-green color, good heat tolerance, ready in 60 days
- Green Magic - this variety tolerates heat very well, uniform greenish-blue heads freeze well, ready in 60 days, good choice for fall broccoli crop, plants reach 2 feet tall
- Flash - this early variety is ready in 50 days, good resistance to heat and diseases, somewhat sweet flavor, heads are green in color and average-sized, plant reaches 2 feet tall
Bonanza - this variety features large heads that average 9" in diameter, ready in 55 days, lots of side shoots, good mild flavor, freezes well
- Calabrese - this heirloom variety is often sold as certified organic, ready in 60 days, large dark green heads, lots of side shoots, classic broccoli taste
George's Favorite - this variety is ready in 60 days, large stocky heads are dark green in color, good hybrid variety that is disease resistant
Green Goliath - this variety features blue-green heads, ready in 55 days, lots of side shoots, mild flavor, freezes well, bred specifically for the home gardener
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