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November's Limited Release Seedlings

Lettuce Grow | NOVEMBER 10, 2021
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Each month, we launch limited release seedlings that feature seasonally driven, food-forward varieties that are sure to stand out on your Farmstand and make an impression in the kitchen. They will only be available while supplies last so don’t wait to place your order!



November’s featured seedlings are Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Purple Snow Peas! These winter veggie varieties boast regale purple hues and are sure to elevate any dish they are added to. Learn more about these elegant, high-yield plants and stop by our store to order them before they’re gone for good!

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

You won’t find another broccoli variety quite like this one! Not only does it produce purple heads with purple-green stems, but it is also a sprouting variety. This means that it will produce multiple, smaller heads instead of a single, large head like traditional varieties. Sprouting broccoli also grows at a quicker pace so you can expect to start harvesting in about 8 weeks.



Flavor

Purple Sprouting Broccoli carries the same earthy, slightly bitter flavor as traditional broccoli. Heads can be removed from the stem and eaten raw or cooked for a less crunchy texture. Its flavor will start to decline if heads are allowed to flower so they should always be harvested once dense heads have formed.



Plant Care

This variety will produce a central head with abundant side shoots so it should not be removed after the first harvest. Stems should be cut 4 - 8” in length once dense heads appear. Regular harvesting encourages the production of more broccoli so do not be shy!



Health Benefits

Anti Inflammatory: Several compounds in broccoli, including kaempferol, have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory behavior.



Antioxidants: Broccoli contains lutein, zeaxanthin, and glucoraphanin. These help to reduce blood sugar, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, and chronic disease development, as well as preventing oxidative stress and cellular damage in eyes.



Healthy Bones: It is an excellent source of Vitamin K which powers the development of healthy bones and helps with blood clotting.



Heart Health: Studies have shown that broccoli can reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol levels.

Immunity Support: A great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants which help to support the immune system.

Purple Snow Peas

Snow peas might just be our favorite pea variety. They are versatile, easy to eat, and have a fashionable wavy pod that definitely makes it the most chic pea out there. This variety was specifically bred to be the most purple snow pea available. Its color is due to a high anthocyanin content which is the same antioxidant found in blueberries. Purple Snow Pea will have pods ready to harvest in about 8 weeks and is well worth the wait!



Flavor

Snow peas are more mildly flavored than snap and sugar peas. It is recommended to wait to harvest until small peas are visible in the pods, which is a slightly longer harvest window than traditional snow pea size. The best part? These peas were selected for their superior ability to keep their color through cooking!



Plant Care

Seedlings will produce vines that can either trail down the Farmstand or attach to trellises (although trellising is not required). There is no need to prune however tendrils can be removed and used in dishes or as a garnish!



Health Benefits

Anthocyanin: A powerful antioxidant that gives fruit and vegetables their red, purple, and blue colors, Anthocyanin may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits in addition to fighting free radicals.



Digestive Health: High fiber content promotes overall digestive health by preventing constipation and may help with blood sugar control.



Healthy Bones: It is an excellent source of Vitamin K which powers the development of healthy bones and helps with blood clotting.



Immune System and Heart Health: 100 grams of snow peas contain 100% of your daily intake of Vitamin C which is essential for immune function as well as reducing heart disease and improving blood pressure control.