PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI COMING THICK AND FAST ATLAST – FOURTH WEEK IN FEBRUARY 2012

Purple sprouting broccoli is a funny vegetable. From December on, it appears ready with its healthy leaf growth, to produce purple sprouts any day. Those leaves looked so healthy and appetising that I gave in to temptation and steamed a few for a couple of early spring dinners. What harm, I thought. Now I can see the reaction to my unorthodox  actions. The broccoli plants which I left alone are sprouting profusely, whereas the plants from which I nicked a few leaves are now slower at producing sprouts.

Nonetheless, those slightly de-leaved plants are now catching up and producing fine sprouts like the other plants. The lesson for me is as always, ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’. You can takes leaves OR sprouts, but not both. The other lesson, of course, is that broccoli leaves steamed are delicious, just like the sprouts from the same plant.

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