- Quick-growing variety.
- Can be grown closely for harvesting small and tender.
Calabrese has a flavour that some find a little milder than sprouting broccoli. Add to that a shorter growing season and it makes an ideal vegetable for those who like quicker results.
It can also be grown at closer spacing than usual to harvest the heads when small and tender. This will encourage the side shoots to develop for second cropping.
Just like sprouting broccoli, this ‘superfood' is packed full of cancer-fighting properties, vitamins, iron, and other health-giving benefits. Unlike broccoli, calabrese does not cope well with having its roots disturbed.
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How to Guide
February-March: Sow thinly 1⁄2in (1cm) deep in clean trays or modules of firm pre-watered compost. Place in warmth 60-70°F (15-20°C) and keep moist at all times.
April-June: Sow thinly 1⁄2in (1cm) deep in rows 12in (30cm) apart. Keep soil moist at all times. Thin to 30cm (12in).
Indoor raised crops April-May 12in (30cm) apart with 12in (30cm) between each row.
Protect from Cabbage White Butterfly with netting. Harvest young to encourage side shoots for a second crop.