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Di Ciccio Broccoli
Di Cicco broccoli - Photo submitted by Chris Whitty of Ireland
Di Ciccio Broccoli
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Di Ciccio
75 to 90 days — Introduced in 1890, 'Di Ciccio' is an old, reliable Italian heirloom broccoli variety.  We have also seen it spelled and referred to as "de Cicco," "di Ciccio," and even "Decicco."

The plants are compact, two to three feet in height, that produce a central three to four inch head with numerous side shoots. It can be more productive than many hybrids and its non-uniformity in maturity makes it an excellent home garden variety. Freezes well.

Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 125 to 175 seeds.
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hardy and tasty
This broccoli plant did take a long time to head, about 100 days from planting to maturity. It sure is tasty, though! Haven't noticed many side shoots thus far, but maybe some will pop up later? I will definitely plant this one earlier next season. No problems with disease or pests, and did well through Florida freezes.
Reviewed by: Abigail Ridgard from central Florida. on 3/23/2014
Di Ciccio
It sure is delicious, we eat it raw in with a salad, steamed and of course blanched and froze some. Despite we've had a few hard freezes Di Ciccio plants keep on growing... Di Ciccio has a tight, well formed head, very mild and sweet tasting. Thanks for the great seeds, I will be ordering more for spring planting :) Jeff Mills - December 31 2012
Reviewed by: Jeff Mills from Stovall, NC - 36.448199, -78.570279. on 12/31/2012
Did not care for it, headed very late, few side sprouts
I planted this and another variety. Despite the starts being the same size when I planted them out, the Di Ciccio took forever to head (planted out in March, didn't head until July). The plants themselves looked very healthy. When it finally did head, it was very small and we found the taste to be overly peppery. Maybe because it was already so late in the season when we took the first head, but it hasn't produced nearly the amount of side shoots as the other kind I planted.

VSC NOTES: Thank you for your review. All experiences are valuable learning opportunities. I am not sure which other variety you compared this to but from the information that you provided, the 'Di Ciccio' sounds like it performed correctly. By its nature, it is quite variable in its maturity. This is seen as a desireable trait for home garden applications. I am not sure about the "peppery" flavor that you tasted. Perhaps timing was the issue. Perhaps more water would help. To improve the size of the central flower heads, sidedressing with a good, organic fertilizer may help. This also tends to help the formation of subsequent side-shoots. That said, Di Ciccio is not particularly the best choice for these. If that is what you are seeking, choosing one of the "sprouting" varieties is recommended. Thank you again for sharing! ~Mike
Reviewed by: Adria Decker from Portland, Oregon. on 7/18/2012
Excellent
I planted this as a spring crop in April. Grew very well up into November.
Reviewed by: Kimberly Stoltz from Buffalo, NY. on 11/28/2011
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