Broccoli Production in California
Broccoli (Brassica oleracea L. var. italica) has been grown in Europe for centuries, but it has only become an important vegetable crop in the United States since 1925. California has four main broccoli production areas: the southern desert valleys (Imperial and Riverside Counties); the southern coast (Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties); the central coast (Monterrey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties); and the Central Valley (Fresno, Stanislaus, and Tulare Counties). Monterrey County is the leading broccoli-producing county in the state, with 40 percent of the acreage and production. The south coast has about 30 percent of the acreage, while the desert valleys and the Central Valley each account for about 15 percent.
- Climatic requirements
- Integrated Pest Management
- Harvesting and handling
- Postharvest handling