Broccolo di Bassano is a unique heritage Italian cauliflower (although it’s referred to as broccoli in Italy) with cream to light green petite heads and tight wrapper leaves. Cultivated for centuries in the area of Bassano del Grappa, the northwest Veneto region of Italy. Produces from late November through the end of the year. If you trim of the leaves prior to cooking, you are missing half of the culinary enjoyment of the plants! They are extremely tender and flavorful at a time when many field greens have become more fibrous from time spent out in the winter elements. Less water content than most modern cauliflowers, with a texture more akin to Romanesco. Try roasting halved or quartered with the leaves still attached. It also has an absolutely melting texture when steamed and then sauteed to lightly brown. Delicious. 130 days from transplant. Photo and text courtesy of Uprising Seeds.
Gusto Italiano Project is a collaboration between Culinary Breeding Network, Uprising Seeds and northern Italian vegetable breeders at Smarties.bio. The project was born from a mutual love of radicchio and a desire to further establish it as an anchor of the fall and winter produce season here in North America, and specifically the Pacific Northwest. This special line of certified organic radicchio and regional specialty Brassica seeds was bred and grown in Italy by the incredible folks at Smarties.bio. Based in Chioggia, the heart of radicchio’s motherland, Smarties.bio exists at the crossroads of tradition and innovation by bringing years of modern breeding experience to classic, culturally significant vegetables of their region.
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