Broccoli Munchkin - McKenzie Seeds
- Brassica oleracea
- 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
- Harvest the vegetables on a day you have plenty of time to prepare them.
- 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.
- Cut broccoli into separate florets. Many prefer pieces about 2 inches long by 1½ inches wide.
- 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.
- 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.