This year I grew a leaf broccoli in my garden, or I should say I’m growing it – present tense. It’s still producing wonderfully flavored leaves as it has been for six months now! The variety is called Spigariello Neopolitan "Friarielli" Brocoletti. It is a smooth leaved Italian leaf broccoli that has sweet broccoli flavor. I found the seeds at Seeds of Italy. Their website describes it as “One of the most renowned vegetables in Italy”, “fast growing, great flavor” and “Cool season brassica with a very long sowing window.”
In my garden, it started producing edible leaves in June, and as I’m writing this in mid-November, it is still producing tasty beautiful leaves.
I have used the leaves mostly as a salad green. It has a much longer usability window than lettuce which I’ve sown twice (spring and fall) in the time this one crop has been growing.
Here are some photos of a salad I made today.
I added a chopped up home grown tomato. I still have these ripening in the garage.
And I added cooked quinoa, cook pinto beans, chopped walnuts, salt and olive oil.
I mix it all up and it makes a really tasty and very healthy meal. I love the flavor of these leaf broccoli leaves when made into a salad.