This vigorous Italian heirloom broccoli was introduced to the United States in 1890. Known for being mild yet tasty with tender stalks and a signature bluish-green color. Recognized for being a compact plant productive with a 4” central head. De Cicco offers edible flowers, recommended to be harvested when yellow or white flowers open and then tossed in a salad, pasta, hor d'oeuvres, or sprinkled on fish. Harvest the head upon reaching a 3” size is ideal for optimum taste and encouraged further growth from extending shoots. This brassica is perfect eaten raw, steamed or cooked. This broccoli freezes really well, although best to blanch first and then freeze. Di Cicco seeds are also great for sprouting! It is highly recommended to sow seeds throughout the cool season every couple of weeks to reap a continual harvest.