Broccoli Munchkin - McKenzie Seeds

Broccoli Munchkin - McKenzie Seeds

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Broccoli Munchkin

  • Brassica oleracea
  • Heirloom
  • Open pollinated 
  • Grassy, earthy flavor
  • 7 to 10 days to germination 
  • 62 days to maturity 
  • Companion Planting: Brassicas, lettuce, onion, sage.

Munchkin is an open pollinated variety of broccoli. While the plant has a dwarf growth pattern to approximately 30 cm (12") tall, it produces large heads of broccoli. The deep blue/green heads are a delightful addition to meals. *After transplanting into the garden

Preparation Ideas: Remove flower heads from the thick stems. Rinse in cool water and place in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water and cover bowl with a plate or saran wrap. Microwave on high for approximately 3 to 4 minutes until broccoli is fork tender. Drain any left over water from bowl and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Instructions: Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Keep watered and fertilized. Cut before buds open for best harvest.

Suggestions: Cut the main head and you will likely harvest a good sized secondary head a little later.

250 milligrams / approximately 60-75 seeds

Planting Instructions: Sow directly outside in late spring or start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost.

A cool weather crop that likes well drained, moisture retaining soil. Plant in full sun. Plants do best in rich soil.

Sow seeds 13 mm (1/2″) deep and 13 mm (1/2″) apart. Plants should be spaced 45 cm (18″) apart with rows spaced 60 cm (24″) apart.

When starting indoors it is easiest to sow 3-4 seeds in a Jiffy pot and then thin to the strongest plant. It is best to have transplants set out into the garden by the time they have 6-8 true leaves.

Seeds germinate in approximately 7-10 days.

To reduce the risk of disease it is ideal to practice crop rotation and plant in a different area of the garden that has not grown broccoli or its relatives (cabbage, cauliflower, kale) in the previous 2-3 years.

Cut the crown portion of the stem approximately 8-10 cm (3-4”) down on the stalk to promote the growth of side shoots which will provide an abundance of smaller broccoli heads

Harvesting and Storage

  • Mornings are usually the best time to harvest broccoli as it is coolest outside and the plants haven’t taken on the heat of the day yet.
  • Harvest when heads are hard and green and before yellow flowers appear.
  • Store broccoli in the refrigerator in a plastic bag and use in 3-4 days.
  • For best flavor, cook broccoli only until tender/crisp or use raw with dips or in salads. Broccoli freezes very well, maintaining its color, texture and taste.

How to Freeze Broccoli

  1. Harvest the vegetables on a day you have plenty of time to prepare them.
  2. Wash the vegetables thoroughly in cool water while you start a pot of water to boil. Also, make an ice bath in the side of a sink or in a large pail at the same time.
  3. Cut broccoli into separate florets. Many prefer pieces about 2 inches long by 1½ inches wide.
  4. When water is at a rolling boil, plunge them into boiling water for about 2-3 minutes and then remove from the boiling water with a slotted spoon or dump them into a strainer and place immediately into an ice bath for 30 seconds or longer to stop the cooking.
  5. Once the broccoli has cooled, drain them and put into freezer bags. Seal them and label them with the name and date. Stow in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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