Grow mini broccoli for tender, flavorful stems and florets. This category of broccoli is excellent for bunching and specialty broccoli sales and includes a diversity of types: broccoli raab, broccoli X gai lan (Chinese broccoli), kailaan (Chinese kale), purple sprouting broccoli, and sprouting cauliflower. It is delicious steamed, sautéed, grilled, stir-fried, and eaten fresh. Early sprouting broccoli (including broccoli X gai lan types) are easier to grow than standard heading broccoli because they more reliably produce a crop under the fluctuating temperatures common in spring, while also producing better in less-than optimal fertility and soil moistures. Late sprouting broccoli (also known as winter-sprouting broccoli) requires vernalization and is suited for fall and winter harvests. See our early-sprouting and late-sprouting broccoli tech sheets for growing tips and more information on growing zone compatibility. For a continuous harvest of mini broccoli from spring through winter, refer to our mini-broccoli planting program (at right) for succession planting recommendations.