4. Broc­coli

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Plants With A Purpose -

Broc­coli ( Bras­sica ol­er­acea) may not sound like the most ex­cit­ing mi­crogreen but for health rea­sons alone it is worth in­clud­ing. Broc­coli is hailed as a su­per­food, high in iron, min­er­als, Vi­ta­mins A and C and, like radish and mus­tard, con­tains sulphoraphene which is linked to can­cer preven­tion. Stud­ies at John Hop­kins Univer­sity show that a cou­ple of ounces a day will el­e­vate the body’s pro­tec­tive en­zymes.

Broc­coli is one of the eas­i­est mi­cro­greens to grow, ger­mi­nat­ing read­ily from 10-25°C. Sow thickly for heavy yields. Like radish, broc­coli greens are best cut young at the true leaf stage, and high in the stem.

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