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Old August 31, 2019   #1
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Jonsing for some broccolini and I hope its not too late for Zone-6?
Looking at the GrowItalian website, there are some Rapa or some Spigarello types? Does anyone have any comments/ experience/ suggestions with anything broccolini type related?
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Old August 31, 2019   #2
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This past spring I tried to find seed to grow some for a friend of mine and found that Broccolini is a registered trademark name for a cross between broccoli and a Chinese kale or Chinese broccoli, depending on whose story you read. Gai lan. Generic Broccolini goes as aspabroc. The name supposedly means the taste is described as a mix of asparagus and broccoli. I bought some seeds from Pinetree Seeds, grew 6 plants for my friend and 6 for me as I'd never messed with it before.

Here's my planting data in case that helps you decide if you have time to still do them:

Cell packs seeded Jan 11
Seeds up Jan 13
Transplanted to garden Feb 11
First cutting Mar 22

Since I have scratched that itch, the remaining seeds now live in the seed vault (freezer).

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Thanks Dawg. Still producing or have they bolted?
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They are long gone, like in early May when it started getting hot.
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It is brassica and likes cool weather. A favorite vegetable. Sautee with garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper, little chicken broth, and finish with a small splash of vinegar to complement the bitterness.
Try it. If a late frost lear you are good.
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