I grew broccoli in the garden for the first time this year, so I'm sharing what I'm learning as I go. I've watched the first head grow, and then grow passed the point of picking. I wasn't even sure if I was looking at broccoli, or the cauliflower I planted next to it. It started to bloom, so I panicked and looked online. Harvest as soon as you see yellow, or you'll end up with what I have here on the right. So, I harvested some more today. The heads were smaller then I expected, perhaps it's the type of broccoli, but now we can eat it for dinner tonight.
What I did manage to harvest doesn't seem like it's really worth saving at all. It's about three little florets which will be enough for us all to have a taste. Kind of disappointing. I have a few more weeks before we are out of here, so hopefully we'll get a few more nibbles of broccoli. I thought I had planted enough to have a crop big enough to freeze some. Apparently not. Oh well, can't win them all.
Oh, note the yellow in the broccoli on the side. According to this website a broccoli bunch should be tight when it's time to harvest. If you see any yellow on them, harvest them immediately, or you'll end up with what you see up top.