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Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  Homekeeper on 6/21/2011, 11:02 pm

So I didn't check my garden for 2 days and what happens? It got hot and one of my broccoli heads had a yellow flower. I'm wondering, minus the flower - can I eat the rest of this?

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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  camprn on 6/21/2011, 11:17 pm

I would eat it, today, not tomorrow. Very Happy
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Post  boffer on 6/21/2011, 11:24 pm

camprn wrote:I would eat it, today, not tomorrow. Very Happy

It's past it's prime, but it's still edible. Hurry!!!
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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/21/2011, 11:25 pm

Never tried one looking like that. However, the shoot in the lower left of your picture is perfect.
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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  Homekeeper on 6/21/2011, 11:26 pm

boffer wrote:
camprn wrote:I would eat it, today, not tomorrow. Very Happy

It's past it's prime, but it's still edible. Hurry!!!

CHOMP! Oh my, so good - first time eating broccoli out of my own garden!! I clipped all the broccoli heads to be safe and saved some of the little shoots to see if they get bigger. Thanks!!
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Post  Homekeeper on 6/21/2011, 11:27 pm

BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Never tried one looking like that. However, the shoot in the lower left of your picture is perfect.

I clipped that one.......thanks!
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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  HouseofWool on 6/21/2011, 11:54 pm

This year, on a lark, I planted 4 broccoli plants. Two of which flowered right away. I clipped the flowers off and they have started to put out small (I mean really small) heads off the main stem. The third plant had a nice head forming and my two year old daughter tromped up to it and yanked the center stem out of the plant. Somehow the outer leaves weren't damaged so I left it, grateful that she is cute and likes fresh veggies. The fourth plant has a beautiful, large head forming and I want to weep because it will come to maturity next week while we are on vacation. As will the majority of our strawberries.

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Post  The Cynergist on 6/22/2011, 12:21 am

Do you have someone to water for you while you're on holiday?
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Post  FamilyGardening on 6/22/2011, 1:32 am

i love the picture.....so pretty!

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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  kiwirose on 6/22/2011, 8:24 am

I ate one that looked just like that late in my broc harvest season and it tasted a little different but just fine. Smile I didn't want to waste it lol

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Re: Can I eat this broccoli?

Post  Furbalsmom on 6/22/2011, 3:42 pm

HouseofWool wrote:This year, on a lark, I planted 4 broccoli plants. Two of which flowered right away. I clipped the flowers off and they have started to put out small (I mean really small) heads off the main stem. The third plant had a nice head forming and my two year old daughter tromped up to it and yanked the center stem out of the plant. Somehow the outer leaves weren't damaged so I left it, grateful that she is cute and likes fresh veggies. The fourth plant has a beautiful, large head forming and I want to weep because it will come to maturity next week while we are on vacation. As will the majority of our strawberries.

Don't let the broccoli go to waste.

Cut that puppy for dinner the night before you go on vacation. Even if they are small they are still mature enough to eat.
Make sure you leave the center stem and then baby spears will grow from the side and some might even be ready when you get home.
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