Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards (Roseburg) sowed the seeds for Purple Sprouting Broccoli last fall: they require approximately 200 days to mature, after all, which makes them a yummy early spring treat!
Purple Sprouting Broccoli are tall broccoli plants which, instead of just one main head, are covered with petite, very sweet tasting purple crowns. Grown using organic practices. To store: rinse, pat dry, and store in the bottom crisper drawer in a produce bag. Use within 3-4 days.
The purple crowns turn green when cooked. You eat the leaves and stalk as well, only discarding any really thick or woody stems. Purple sprouting can simply be steamed or boiled; it can also be roasted. Either of these links will give you some ideas: Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Hazelnuts; How to Cook Purple Sprouting Broccoli.