Eastern broccoli

Interesting NYT article about a Cornell scientist's work to create a new variety of broccoli that can grow during the summer in places like New York (broccoli prefers cool nights) because -- and we're paraphrasing here -- most broccoli shipped in from California sucks. The variety the Eastern Broccoli Project is developing is reportedly "crisp, subtly sweet and utterly tender when eaten fresh-picked, which could lift the pedestrian broccoli into the ranks of the vegetable elite." (Also, interesting that a lot of the people commenting on the NYT article seem to be against this project. Perhaps it's the result of all those tasteless supermarket tomatoes and the beautiful, but awful, Red "Delicious" apples.) Earlier on AOA: Chinese cabbage is a cool (weather) customer


Hey, don't blame Cornell Ag for the "Red Delicious" apple, that came from Iowa! You can however give them credit for the Cortland, Empire, Jonagold, and Macoun varieties. (Disclaimer - my alma mater, I'm biased.)

Let me guess, the mouth-breathers in the NYT comment section are complaining about the existential threat of GMOs, conveniently ignoring the fact that almost every piece of vegetable matter we eat today is a by-product of human "interference" in the natural order.

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