*This seed is offered as part of the "Gusto Italiano Project", a collaborative partnership between Uprising Seeds, Italian breeders Smarties.Bio, and the Culinary Breeding Network. Certified organic seed is grown in Italy by Smarties.Bio, Chioggia, It.*
Broccolo di Bassano is a unique heritage Italian cauliflower with cream to light green petite heads (~300g) with tight wrapper leaves. Cultivated for centuries in the area of Bassano del Grappa, situated up against the Tyrolean foothills of the northwest Veneto region, it can be found in markets from November through march. There are two varieties we are offering, "il bonorivo" which is late fall heading, producing from late November through the end of the year from late June/early July sowing, and "il tardivo" which is spring heading from the same planting period, similar in form with somewhat jagged leaves and more open inflorescence.
According to to Andrea of Smarties.Bio, if you trim of the leaves prior to cooking, you are missing half of the culinary enjoyment of the plants as 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. We find them to have less water content that 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