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    Planting Broccoli

    Broccoli needs cool weather to grow–warm weather will cause the buds to “rice” or open as flowers. Broccoli is suited for springs that are long and cool or autumns where there is no Indian summer. Where winters are mild, start broccoli in fall for harvest in spring. Planting Calendar. Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable that […] More

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    Planting Cauliflower

    Cauliflower can be expensive at the produce counter, but it can be a staple of the kitchen garden with cool weather and regular water. Cauliflower requires two months of cool weather to reach harvest. Protected from frost it is a good choice in the spring and autumn gardens. (Tips on cooking cauliflower, click here.) Cauliflower […] More

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    Artichokes and Mint Side Salad

    Thin sliced baby artichoke hearts tossed with thin sliced mint leaves, a bit of chopped garlic, fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese makes a tasty side salad. Baby artichokes are plentiful in spring. Artichokes are actually flower buds. You want to pick them while they are still tightly […] More

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    How to Cook Cauliflower

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    The perfect thing about cauliflower is that the size of the head is no indicator of quality. Big heads or small snack-sized heads–as long as they are fresh–will be equally tasty. Cauliflower is best harvested in late spring or fall when temperatures are moderate to cool. How to Choose Cauliflower Select heads of cauliflower that […] More

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    How to Prepare and Cook Broccoli

    Steamed broccoli

    Fresh broccoli will have a delicate flavor and texture. The peak season for broccoli is early fall through early spring. Cool-weather sweetens the taste of broccoli so for the best flavor fresh broccoli should come to the table before the weather warms. How to Choose Broccoli Select broccoli with tightly closed, compact bud clusters and […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Artichokes

    There are two harvest seasons for artichokes: a short one in early autumn and the main artichoke harvest from early spring to late spring. How to Choose an Artichoke Select artichokes that have crisp, tightly packed or closed leaves that are deep green in color. The leaves of a fresh artichoke will squeak when they are pressed […] More

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    Broccoli Raab and Rapini Cooked and Served

    Broccoli raab sauteed with

    Broccoli raab and rapini are not synonymous, but when it comes to recipes they practically are. Broccoli raab [rob] has long, thin rich-green stems (6-9 inches/18-23 cm long) topped with scattered clusters of broccoli-like florets. The flavor is nutty and both pungent and zesty. Rapini [rah-PEE-nee] is similar to broccoli raab but with fewer florets […] More

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    Cauliflower at the Farm Market

    Many French kings went by the name Louis. The name means famous warrior. The moniker worked for many of the kings of France, but by the time the name came down to Louis XV, the French had just about had it with the idea of an absolute monarchy. While Louis XV did little to popularize […] More

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    Broccoli: Edible Flower

    Quick! Name an edible flower! Ok, which once did you name: nasturtium, pansy, viola, marigold or lavender, day lily, carnation or sage? The petals of each of those can be added to a salad for both taste and show. There are dozens of flowers that are edible. But did you name the most commonly eaten […] More