Purple Peacock (Broccoli)

Purple Peacock (Broccoli)

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This open-pollinated variety is a cross between broccoli and two kales, absolutely beautiful either in the garden or edible landscape. The young leaves are tender, great for salads and the older colourful serrated leaves are used like kale. Loose heads of purple florets are not too large and taste excellent. The plant also produces generous side shoots. This is definitely broccoli you will want to show off to the visitors of your garden. A Farm Original variety, Wild Garden Seed's contribution to ongoing broccoli evolution; green beads, sweet purple stems, toothy red veined leaves that will make you think it’s Red Russian kale.

Young leaves are salad-rate, and mature leaves are as sweet as any lightly steamed kale. This is a lovely small broccoli with frilled, kale-like leaves and tasty purple heads. Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds married “Green Goliath” broccoli with two different kale varieties, and the result is the most beautiful and versatile broccoli we have ever seen! An excellent edible ornamental to bring attention to the veggie patch.

Brassica oleracea

Annual green “supermarket” broccoli is the most recent addition to the family of vegetables derived from this species, but may be the oldest in terms of ongoing development.

Broccoli originates from the Italian name given to spring floral shoots of any Brassica, including wild coastal kales, primitive garden kales, and turnip mustard (“broccoli raab”, see Mustard: Japonica).

The original broccoli always overwintered, and then produced numerous tender shoots from loose sprouting heads. These are now called “Calabrese” or “sprouting” broccoli to distinguish them from modern dome-headed types that crop the same year they are planted.

New cooking trends are favouring a return to more of a “loose-shoot” approach to broccoli in the marketplace, so maybe we will be seeing more of this vegetable’s diverse possibilities soon.

Floret stems erupt first as loose heads of broccoli, followed by prodigious side shoots. These are sweet and non-biting as raw “dippers” and salad additions. This “eat everything brockali” comes from crosses between ‘Green Goliath’ broccoli and two kales.

Germination: 3-10 days.

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 18-29ºC (65-85ºF).

Seed Sowing Depth: 0.6cm or 1/4” deep.

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot.
Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before the last frost. Space 30-45cm (12-18") apart.

Sow in early to midsummer for fall crops.

Sowing Outdoors: Spring when the soil temperature reaches at least 13ºC (55ºF). Sow 2-3 seeds every 30-40cm 12-18” apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

Harvest: Pick when heads are tight before flower buds start to open. For varieties that produce side, shoots keep picked for a longer production

Tips: Provide fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Give adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.

Approximately 75 Seeds per/pkg.