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|Fresno Evergreen Farms|
Baby broccoli has spear-shaped, thin and tender vibrant green stalks with wavy pine-sage colored leaves. The head is a petite cluster of florets that closely resemble broccoli rabe. Compared to mature broccoli, the flavor of baby broccoli is understated, mild, peppery and subtlely sweet. The entire plant is edible.
Broccoli is of the Brassica oleracea species. It is often called a brassica or cruciferous vegetable from the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family, which also includes cabbage, mustard, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and cauliflower. Broccoli grows in two common forms: broccoli calabrese (sprouting broccoli) and heading broccoli, which is also known as cauliflower broccoli, as its shape resembles the same dense curd shape as cauliflower. Baby broccoli is sprouting broccoli that is harvested while the plant is still immature. It should not be confused with broccolini, a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan, or Chinese broccoli.