Imperial is ideal for long day growing seasons with moderate heat and is mid to mid-late maturing under these conditions (about 105 days from seeding). It has a tight dome with nice, small dark green beads. Imperial is multi-use, performing well for fresh eating and freezing. It has an excellent post-harvest holding ability, too!
- Performs well in long day length and moderate heat
- Good for crown cut and processing
The days to maturity are calculated as an average of fall harvest dates for direct seeded broccoli in Salinas, CA. Some sowing dates may result in earlier or later maturity. Overwinter production can add over 20 days to the numbers listed.
Days to Maturity from Direct Seed
Broccoli has been found to have more cancer-fighting compounds than other members of the cabbage family. It is rich in glucosinolates which, once ingested, break down into these healthful cancer fighters: indoles, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. Broccoli also provides high amounts of Vitamin C, folate and beta carotene and significant amounts of protein, calcium, iron, potassium and fiber.