One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cultivated variety of cabbage bearing heads of green or purplish flower buds that are eaten as a vegetable.
There are several kinds of broccoli, in particular those in the ‘Italica’ group, including sprouting broccoli, which bears small loose clusters of heads on several shoots, and the bright green dense-headed variety which is also called calabrese
- ‘Sow cabbages, broccoli and other brassicas in a sheltered seed bed or in trays in the cold greenhouse.’
- ‘After plants stop producing, most people pull up their broccoli and toss it onto the compost pile.’
- ‘A ten percent germination rate can leave a lot of bare soil in a flower bed, or lead to a disappointment of broccoli.’
- ‘The vegetable garden is doing quite well, with spuds, broccoli, onions, cabbage and garlic all starting to grow.’
- ‘Seedlings for planting out now include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and celery.’
- ‘Another reason for rotation is to get rid of fungi which easily strike crops such as tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage.’
- ‘Flea beetles like this crop a lot and the best way for me to get broccoli and cauliflower is to start the seedling in flats.’
- ‘It's also a good time to put in root crops as well as broccoli and cabbage, artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb.’
- ‘Plant out winter greens, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, in the vegetable plot.’
- ‘Lettuce is, for me, a pain in the neck if it must be done by hand; so are radishes, broccoli, and most herbs.’
- ‘The only vegetables to avoid are any of the cole crops, such as cabbage, mustard or broccoli.’
- ‘This new brand of broccoli is right at home in southern climates where it has been so hot and dry the last couple of years.’
- ‘The Cruciferae are any of a family of plants including cabbage, broccoli, turnip, and mustard.’
- ‘Sow purple-sprouting broccoli and winter cabbages in trays.’
- ‘Italian green sprouting or Calabrese broccoli is the most commonly grown heirloom type.’
- ‘Like the cauliflower, broccoli is a sort of cabbage in which flowers have begun to form but have stopped growing while still in bud.’
- ‘A ten-foot row of broccoli will give you enough florets to feed a family of four with plenty left over to freeze.’
- ‘Plant seed for broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage transplants through mid-August.’
- ‘On our small plot we are plagued by onion mildew and club root; we can no longer grow onions, leeks, cabbages or broccoli.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian, plural of broccolo ‘cabbage sprout, head’, diminutive of brocco ‘shoot’, based on Latin brocchus, broccus ‘projecting’.
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