CULBERT. Springtime is the best time to grow Calabrese broccoli. The young broccoli plant blooms early, producing sweet orange vegetables. Grow Calabrese broccoli in the sunny garden for a harvest in September or October. Store broccoli leaves for later use in soups, sauces and dressings, using the outer leaf for garnishing.
CALDRESE. Also known as Cauliflower or Cascara sativa, Calabrese belongs to the same family of onion and broccoli plants. Young plants are called Calabrese thymes. They have oval leaves and dark green foliage. In spring, the plants develop short, wide stalks and then grow up to three feet high. The calabrese flowering heads rise up one to three feet tall and have yellow colored centers topped by long tapered purple and white flowers.
CALDRESE FLORETS. As mentioned above, Calabrese has a cabbage like appearance with bright green leaves and dark green foliage. You'll find white and purple flowers that range in color from white to purple and lavender. The two florets that appear at maturity each have two different types of leaves, one large flat top having six long stems and the other leaflets have four short stalks. The flower heads appear like small cauliflower flowers with several white petals.
Broccoli is used to make soups, salads and sauces, so you may want to try some of these tasty treats. Mixing the cauliflower and broccoli florets with water and stirring during cooking will produce a mild flavored but very tender florets when steamed in boiling water. Use fresh broccoli and avoid frozen florets as this will not yield good results. When you're preparing this vegetable in a sauce, simply drain off any excess water and place in a microwave safe container. This can be stored in the freezer until ready to use.
GERMPY SOWLEDGE. In growing Calabrese, I notice that the young shoots have shorter life cycle than mature plants. If you have established a plant and are planning to use it for the summer, be sure to pick healthy sprouting seeds. If you're growing seedless broccoli in containers ensure that they get at least 4 hours of sunlight per day. If you're using seedless sowing season, purchase some cheap sowing seeds at your local garden center and sow them in your calabrese just before the beginning of summer.
Cabbage. As stated above, Calabrese's best season is during the summer. However, if you do not have a large garden space, you can still grow cabbage with the help of a greenhouse or a raised bed. During spring, cut off the base and stem of both types of cabbage and hang them upside down inside a glass. The resulting cabbages should be approximately one meter in length and about one meter wide.
Cabbages are full sun plants. They will do well in most areas, but be sure to stake them correctly if you are growing them outside. You can also leave their stems hanging on fences or poles in order to keep them from being eaten by animals. Be sure to check the plant regularly for blooms because cabbage leaves tend to drop their needles every few weeks. In order to encourage pollination, you can place one tablespoon of white vinegar on the female part of the plants and on the male plants, three times a month.
Broccoli. As mentioned above, Calabrese is a good choice for growing indoors. However, this plant is even better grown in pots. Because the broccoli plants don't have to compete with weeds for nutrients and water, they'll develop faster and produce more seeds than broccoli that is grown in the garden.
It's really not necessary to start out sowing your Calabrese broccoli seeds direct. You can let the seeds germinate in water until they begin to break down. Then remove the seeds and put them into a small plastic bag. These bags will save you some time because you won't have to go out and do it yourself.
Calabrese has two types of foliage: blue-green varieties which are usually used for cooking and frying while red-black is used as a vegetable. Some varieties also have onion veins. All of these colors can be used interchangeably with other vegetables, fruits and herbs. They also grow quite tall, so picking up a Calabrese at the grocery store is not a bad idea. When buying cauliflower, be sure and purchase ones that are firm because they have a tendency to wrinkle up. If you're growing your own broccoli and are not worried about durability, then you can easily pick up a couple of packs from the grocery store.
Growing your own cauliflower and cabbage at home is easier than you might think. There are many guides available online, including manuals on how to select the proper plants and bulbs. Some of the more popular Calabrese and cabbage bulbs include the brassicas plants, Daylilies and Cabbages. While growing these cauliflower and cabbage plants at home is easy, make sure you remember that eating fresh from the garden is always better!