• noun a variety of sprouting broccoli, grown as a vegetable for human consumption. It produces a large central head, and after this is cut, sprouts are produced for several months. Large quantities are grown for quick-freezing or canning.


  • A variety of broccoli, Brassica oleracea (Italica Group), originally from Calabria in Sicily but now widely grown. The immature compact central flower heads, about 10 cm across, and their stems, and young side shoots are harvested in summer and cooked as a vegetable.