Tips & Tricks

How and When to Harvest Broccoli

Harvesting vegetables in your garden can seem intimidating, but we're here to let you know that it's actually very simple. The end of winter or spring means broccoli are nearing their maturity for harvest. 

When is broccoli ready to harvest?

Your broccoli is ready for harvest when the crown turns a darker green and the buds are tight. The outer buds should be roughly the size of a match head. The crown size will vary depending upon the broccoli varietal and environmental conditions. If there are any signs of the florets becoming spaced apart or bulb-like (watch out for yellow petals), harvest immediately! 

How do I harvest broccoli?

You'll need a sharp object of some kind such as scissors, clippers or a knife. Hold the stalk of the plant and cut 3-4 inches beneath the base of the crown you would like to harvest. Be sure to cut at an angle.

That's it! Now it's up to you to decide what the next steps are. Broccoli plants typically have one main crown and some varietals can have several offshoots on the side of the plant. You can choose to keep the plant in the soil and harvest these offshoots as they grow in, or cut it at the base to remove the plant. 

Harvest bonus tip - The leaves and stalk are edible and absolutely delicious! We like to add them to stir-fry, soups, omelets, and salads.