Broccoli Calabrese Samson F1
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. italica
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Calabrese broccoli is named after Calabria in Italy. These vigorous plants produce large, dense, dome-shaped heads on thick stems, followed by further crops of smaller side shoots. Broccoli is considered one of nature’s Super Foods due to its unusually high levels of vitamins and minerals.
How To Grow
Sow seeds 5mm (¼in) deep and lightly cover. Firm down gently. Transplant to the growing position when large enough to handle, spacing plants 60cm (2ft) apart. Keep moist and feed regularly. Harvest: 12-16 weeks from sowing, when heads are still tight.
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Broccoli Orecchiette Pasta
- 2 heads broccoli
- 2cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 2 long red chillies deseeded and finely chopped
- 3 anchovy fillets
- 120ml extra virgin olive oil
- 60g parmesan shaved
- 350g orecchiette pasta
- 1 lemon
- Bring some salted water to the boil in a large sauce pan.
- Cut the broccoli heads into small florets then place in boiling water and cook for 3 minutes or until tender. Remove broccoli from water and transfer to a bowl, keep the water in the saucepan boiling.
- Place half the broccoli in a food processor with 2 tbs oil. Season with salt and pepper then add 40g of parmesan cheese and process to a paste. Pour into the bowl with remaining broccoli.
- Add Orecchiette pasta to your boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain, drizzle with olive oil and lightly toss.
- Cook remaining oil, garlic, chillies and anchovies in a separate pan over medium heat for 2 minutes or until anchovies have broken up. Add remaining ingredients and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes.
- Squeeze lemon over pasta, season and toss well to combine. Scatter with parmesan just before serving.