Winter flower, sprout or asparagus cabbage: the variety of names for broccoli is almost as diverse as the vegetables themselves. Even though it belongs to the cabbage family, it is above all the name asparagus cabbage that suggests its taste. Its taste is less reminiscent of a classic cabbage than of green asparagus. This is especially appealing to under-34-year-olds, who account for some 20% of all broccoli purchases.
More than 1,000 farms in Germany now cultivate broccoli, on around 2,600 hectares. The main cultivation areas are in Lower Saxony. Almost 40% of the German cultivation areas are located here. North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria follow at a reasonable distance.