As I’ve mentioned before, Northern California isn’t known for it’s snowpack. That said, we did have winter snow this year (yes, you read that right – snow) and freakishly low temps even for Nor Cal. I was a negligent gardener this fall and got my broccoli in on the late side (to say the least), so I worried about how it would fare through this extra cold Bay Area winter.
He lives to tell the tale. My young broccoli is hanging in there – see for yourself. He might even be flourishing. True to my bad gardening character this season, I ended up having to grab whatever I could find on the shelves at the nearest nursery. These dudes were literally the last broccoli starts on the nursery shelves. I’ve been focusing on growing only heirlooms in my garden this year, so I was happy when I found that the only variety left was Green Goliath.
Next to the Green Goliath broccoli, I have two varieties of heirloom garlic growing. One is a softneck braising garlic called Polish White, and the other is a purple-striped hardneck called Chesnok Red. I’m dying to taste these guys fresh from the garden.
I can’t help but notice that my affection for my plants falls on just this side of obsession. In fact, the other day I caught one of our chiweenies, Coraline, digging in this garden bed. I tripped myself and fell while reaching for her neck.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals no matter how it’s served; steamed, raw, in salad, or in a sauce. In fact, it has nearly the same about of vitamin C as oranges do and as much calcium as a glass of milk.
Anyway, if you haven’t grown broccoli, you need to do that.