Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Broccoli Varieties


Calabrese is the large green headed broccoli commonly purchased in supermarkets. The other main type of broccoli, and frequently grown by gardeners, is sprouting broccoli. The main differences are as follows:

  • Calabrese
    Calabrese is relatively fast growing. It is sown in the spring and eaten in late summer and autumn. It is slightly more tender and sweet than sprouting broccoli, and forms larger heads for eating.
  • Sprouting Broccoli
    Sprouting broccoli is relatively slow growing. It is sown in the spring and is ready to harvest late winter or the following spring after overwintering. The heads are relatively small, purple or white in colour, turn green during cooking, and have a more intense broccoli flavour.


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