Harvesting Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

If you’ve been growing Purple Sprouting Broccoli for the first time this summer, then it might be ready to harvest, or it will be over the next few weeks. Harvesting it is easy, but if you haven’t done it before then you may not know when or how.

Start with the main stalk – this is the one that is ready first. Cut it off cleanly, using a knife, so that you get the floret and a couple of inches of stalk. Once this one has been harvested, the side shoots will start to grow faster. As they grow to a decent size, harvest them in the same way, cutting them off sharply with a good amount of stalk, and a couple of leaves here and there too. It’ll keep producing for about a month after that first floret is harvested.

Be sure to harvest florets before the little flowers start to open though as it loses flavour at this point.

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