We have just completed year two of the East Coast Broccoli Project with testing of 39 entries, breeding lines and a few commercial varieties, taking place at five locations from Maine to South Carolina. A common question I am getting from growers is "based on your tests, which broccoli varieties do you recommend?" The study we did this year, and will do for the next three years, compares public and private breeding lines with a few commercially available industry standards that we identified last year. So the only recommendations I can make are based on the large trial of commercial varieties that we conducted in Waynesville in 2011. The research we are conducting will lead to new varieties bred specifically for our region.
So, based on the commercial varieties that we grew in 2011, and we didn't grow every variety available, these are the ones we recommend for this region. Again, keep in mind that this is based on a one year trial:
- Bay Meadows
- Emerald Crown
- Green Magic