When we were young, we used to throw tantrums when it came to eating our vegetables. As we grow older, we realize how wrong we were. I still can’t understand why we despised eating this delicious vegetable? Broccoli is one of the most delicious and beneficial vegetables out there. The best part is, you can eat it raw, or cook it using hundreds of different recipes.
If you are a broccoli lover like us, you must have eaten a few different types of broccoli, but did you know there are 20 different types of broccoli? Yes, that’s right. You can enjoy 20 types of this delicious veggie and figure out which one is your favorite. Before you go broccoli-hunting, read on to know about the different types of broccoli.
- Types of Broccoli
- Mid-Season Broccoli Types
- Chinese Broccoli
- Specialty Broccoli
Types of Broccoli
As we said, we will tell you about the different types of broccoli in this blog post. The following are the types that are found in the early months of the year:
The first type of broccoli that we will talk about is Arcadia broccoli. It takes around two months for this type of broccoli to mature and become ready for consumption. The color of the Arcadia broccoli is purplish green and it has small and uniform heads. This type of broccoli is perfect for the winter seasons as it is resistant to cold weather.
The best season to plant Calabrese broccoli is the fall, as the cold weather actually helps the broccoli get sweeter in taste. It takes 65 days for this type of broccoli to mature. This type of broccoli is of medium size and has deep green heads that look juicy and delicious. It is hard to resist the sweet and scrumptious taste of Calabrese broccoli.
It takes a little under two months for Amadeus broccoli to get mature. This type of broccoli has tight heads as compared to other forms. It also has slightly smaller beads and the diameter of this type of broccoli is roughly around five inches. The color of this broccoli is blue-green and it is very delicious in taste.
Blue Wind Broccoli
If you are planning to plant blue wind broccoli in your house, then you are in luck because it is an early bloomer. You will just have to wait for a little under 60 days for this broccoli to mature. As suggested by its name, this type of broccoli is blue-green in color and has large and tight heads. Just steam or braise this broccoli and it will be ready to eat.
“De Cicco” Heirloom Broccoli
This type of broccoli has smaller heads, but the plus side is that it matures in less than 50 days. This is one of the best types of broccolis for home gardens. So, plant this delicious multicut heirloom broccoli and enjoy it whenever you want.
Gypsy broccoli is one of the most popular choices of broccoli because it can grow in almost all possible soil types. Even if the soil is not perfect, this type of broccoli will flourish in it. The beads of this broccoli are small to medium in size and are well domed. The green and crunchy heads of this type make this broccoli irresistible. It produces a lot of side heads and handles heat well.
Mid-Season Broccoli Types
The following are the types of broccoli that you can find during the mid-season. These varieties of broccoli will make your spring and fall more special and delicious.
The pretty blue-green shade and the delicious and crunchy taste make Belstar broccoli a great choice. The tightly packed heads of this type mature in a little over two months and will flourish in both fall and spring.
Diplomat broccoli is resistant to a number of mildew types. This dark green broccoli has uniform heads and is perfect for planting in colder weather. It takes a little over two months to mature. The heads of this type of broccoli are about 4 to six inches long.
This broccoli is perfect for the mid-season and takes around 75 days to fully mature. The diameter of this type of broccoli is six to seven inches approximately. Express broccoli is known for producing a lot of side shots and is of bluish green color.
The thick stems and heads of this broccoli make it a favorite for a lot of people. This delicious type of broccoli takes around 70 days to mature. This broccoli does not produce a lot of side shots. The best time to plant this type of broccoli is late summer as its tolerance to heat is not that well.
If you are a resident of Northern California or the Pacific Northwest, then this is the perfect broccoli for your home garden. Plant it in the fall season and enjoy a crunchy meal with the delicious marathon broccoli. This type of broccoli takes a little over two months to mature.
Waltham 29 Broccoli
This type of broccoli is also known as the heirloom broccoli or open-pollinated broccoli. The diameter of the heads of this broccoli is around four to six inches and it comes in a blue-green color. The thick heads of this broccoli are accompanied by side shots and mouthwatering taste. Fall and spring are the perfect seasons for planting this broccoli and it takes almost 70 days to reach maturity.
The following are the different types of Chinese broccoli that you can add to your diet. This type of broccoli is one of the most delicious broccoli that you will ever get to taste.
Happy rich broccoli will live up to its name and leave you satisfied when you eat it. This hybrid plant is known to produce big amounts of food and will be the perfect addition to your home garden. Happy rich broccoli plant reaches maturity in about 55 days. The plant produces multiple side shots and large florets which look like small broccoli heads.
This deep green broccoli is one of the best-tasting broccolis that you will ever taste. The plant matures in around 60 days and has a diameter of almost 6 to 8 inches. The stalks of Kailaan broccoli has cute little white flowers. This broccoli is not set to endure hot weather, so it is better that you plant it in late summer or early spring.
This is another type of hybrid broccoli. It is a popular choice in hotter areas as it tolerates heat well as compared to non-hybrid varieties. It takes almost 44 days for this plant to reach maturity.
The name of these types of broccoli says it all – they are the specialty. Personally, we love these broccolis and are sure they will be our new favorite as well.
This type of broccoli produces generous amounts and takes almost 60 to 90 days to mature. This plant produces a lot of side shoots, so make sure that you only harvest the main heads. You can enjoy the side shoots later. Who can deny more broccoli?
They are better suited for colder regions. However, if you live in a warmer area, make sure that you plant it in fall or spring. Extreme temperature can make the taste of this broccoli a little bitter.
Broccolini is the side shoots that you can munch on like sprouting broccoli. You can even cook them exactly like broccoli. After the heads of broccoli are harvested, the side shoots spring out and provide you with delicious broccolini.
This type of broccoli looks like a cross between a broccoli plant and a cauliflower plant. This Italian heirloom broccoli takes 75 days to reach maturity. The delicate flavor accompanied with a beautiful look makes this broccoli irresistible.
This purple sprouting broccoli is not only delicious but also very tender. The green stems accompanied by the purple heads are not just appealing to the eye but also taste scrumptious. If produced in warm weather, this type of broccoli will taste bitter, so it is better to grow them in the winter season. The florets change colors from purple to green when they are cooked.