Herb 101: Organic Broccoli Salad

Remember these guys?

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Florets = feast

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  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 pound of florets)
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed (or fresh peas if you can get them)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey

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Growing Broccoli

Broccoli can be harvested after about 10-16 weeks, so it’s a plant that requires a bit of patience.  They’re also quite shy guys, so plant them 35-50 cm apart.  It’s important to water the seedlings frequently – if without water they will bolt to seed and the wait will become indefinite.

The Patient Process

1. The plants should grow to develop plenty of large healthy leaves.

2. Green flowerheads follow (you can chop and chow these)

3. Leave the plant growing after cutting the main flowerhead, and get additional crops from the sideshoots which will develop.

4. Once a plant opens its yellow flowers then it is generally past eating as the flavour gets a bit overpowering and the plant      gets very woody. Harvest them sooner rather than later.

  • Compatible with: Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, oregano)
  • Avoid growing with: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard

 

 

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