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Broccoli di Cicco is an heirloom, old-fashioned kind of broccoli. It's sweet like ‘regular' broccoli, it's what they developed the giant broccoli heads from. All the stems and leaves and everything can and should be eaten. Chop the whole lot and cook as you would a bag of "convenient broccoli florets."


Julia enjoys making this in the morning to have a head start on dinner and lunch.  The cookbook says: "A fine dish that shows off the flavor of fresh-picked broccoli. Great for icebox raids."

1 pound +

3 tbsp.
1 tsp.
2 tbsp.
1 tsp.
2 tsp.
2 tbsp.

broccoli di cicco, roughly cut up into pieces.

olive oil
finely minced garlic
chopped fresh basil
chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
soy sauce
pepper to taste

Mix the marinade ingredients together.  Steam or quickly boil broccoli only until they are tender-crisp, 2-3 minutes.  Drain immediately and chill broccoli in ice water to set color and stop the cooking process.  Toss the well-drained broccoli with the marinade and let flavors blend for at least  1/2 hour. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Adapted from More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden, Shepherd and Raboff

Spaghetti with Lamb, Broccoli di Cicco and Cipollini from Joseph Manzare of Globe in SF

1 pound spaghetti
1 pound ground lamb
1 1/2 pounds broccoli di cicco (cut into 1/2 inch pieces, use the stem and leaves too!)
1 clove smashed garlic
4 large red jalapeños or 1 large red bell pepper (roasted, peeled and julienned)
6 cipollini (quartered) or 1 large onion (chopped)
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons Capricious aged goat's milk cheese (grated) or parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add garlic. Cook slowly (about 3 minutes) to flavor the oil. When garlic is slightly golden brown, add cipollini and broccoli. Cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly tender. Add lamb and turn up heat to high. Season lamb with salt and pepper. When lamb becomes slightly brown and cooked through, add pepper and parsley. Mix together and let simmer for about 12 minutes or just long enough for your pasta to cook. Cook pasta in salted water. When pasta is done strain, and keep just a little of the pasta cooking liquid with the pasta. Toss the pasta into the skillet with the lamb. Add grated cheese and mix well. Eat.

Asian Broccoli di cicco

1 pound broccoli di cicco, chopped into 1 inch pieces, including stems and leaves
1 teas. minced garlic
1/3 c. chicken broth
2 tbl. soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Heat a large frying pan until very hot. Add the oil and immediately add the garlic. Let sizzle for 15-20 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and give everything a quick stir. Without turning the heat down, cover the pan and let steam for 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is done



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