Calabrese broccoli is named after Calabria in Italy. These vigorous plants produce large, dense, dome-shaped heads on thick stems, followed by further crops of smaller side shoots. Broccoli is considered one of nature’s Super Foods due to its unusually high levels of vitamins and minerals.
|How To Grow||
Sow seeds 5mm (¼in) deep and lightly cover. Firm down gently. Transplant to the growing position when large enough to handle, spacing plants 60cm (2ft) apart. Keep moist and feed regularly. Harvest: 12-16 weeks from sowing, when heads are still tight.
|When to Sow/Plant||Autumn, Winter|
|Soil Type||fertile, well cultivated|
Broccoli Orecchiette Pasta
- 2 heads broccoli
- 2cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 2 long red chillies deseeded and finely chopped
- 3 anchovy fillets
- 120ml extra virgin olive oil
- 60g parmesan shaved
- 350g orecchiette pasta
- 1 lemon
- Bring some salted water to the boil in a large sauce pan.
- Cut the broccoli heads into small florets then place in boiling water and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Remove broccoli from water and transfer to a bowl, keep the water in the saucepan boiling.
- Place half the broccoli in a food processor with 2 tbs oil. Season with salt and pepper then add 40g of parmesan cheese and process to a paste. Pour into the bowl with remaining broccoli.
- Add Orecchiette pasta to your boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss.
- Cook remaining oil, garlic, chillies and anchovies in a separate pan over medium heat for 2 minutes or until anchovies have broken up. Add remaining ingredients and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes.
- Squeeze lemon over pasta, season and toss well to combine. Scatter with parmesan just before serving.
Plant Size Guide
The plant in the photos is an example and an approximate guide only however we try to show an average sized example. Sizes, flowering state and colours change throughout the seasons and variation will occur. In summer & autumn, plants are often larger or the same size as than the example picture but around winter and spring, they can be a little smaller but still at a size similar to the example. We aim to update the pictures to reflect significant differences.
Plant Heights - because the plant's foliage must fit inside our Plant Cartons, the actual height of a plant's central trunk (meristem) will be shorter than the box it fits in.
Small Plants - 14cm wide nursery pot - 1 Litre volume - Plants fit in a 50cm tall box.
Medium Plants - 17cm wide pots either 2L hanging pot or 2.5L nursery pot - Plants fit in a 75cm tall box.
Large Plants - 25cm wide pot, 10L volume. Plants fit in a 100cm tall box.
XL Plants - Plants over 100cm tall in pot sizes specified, 25cm/10L or greater and are hand delivered within Auckland/Northland only.
Plant courier orders are processed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
North Island orders are targeted overnight delivery, South Island orders are sent on a 2-day target but these are not a guaranteed delivery timeframe.
Add 1 extra day after a public holiday as well as for rural addresses or remote towns.
Monday - We send orders placed on previous Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.
Tuesday - We send Weekend orders from previous Saturday & Sunday.
Wednesday - We send orders placed from Monday & Tuesday.
XL Plants are delivered only within urban Auckland & Whangarei and this service is for non-urgent orders. This excludes satellite destinations such as Beachlands, Pukekohe, Piha, Helensville etc and Whangarei Heads. We may deliver at any time Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday in Auckland and you need to have a sheltered accessible position for us to deliver to.
Plants in Transit
Each Small, Medium & Large plant is individually contained within its own protective cardboard Plant Carton which may be joined to other cartons in your order.
Plants typically take just a day or two to arrive, however they are usually fine in their cartons for 1-2 weeks, and many can go longer, so a few extra days are not usually cause for concern.
Whether it takes 1 or 7 days, let your plant recover from its journey by placing in gentle light and adding a little water and it will be back to its best within a couple of days. Let us know if there are any major issues via the contact page.