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I am pretty disappointed in my broccoli. I planted five plants this year on February 26th. I thought I got it in the ground early enough, but we have had some really hot weather early this year. We hit mid 90's today which is ridiculous. All that being said, I only had 1 plant out of the 5 that was far enough long that it had formed a central head of broccoli. I was beginning to worry that it might start bolting. So, I decided to harvest this central head today. The head was about 4 or 5 inches in diameter.
I had read all the hoopla about soaking the head in salt water for 20 minutes to get all the bugs out of it. I didn't see any bugs, but I decided to do that anyways. After a 20 minute soak, I proceeded to cut the head into nice little pieces and then....WORMS, WORMS, WORMS! It kind of freaked me out that there were so many in there. They were in every nook and cranny of the florets. So then I dumped all the pieces in salt water again, and the bugs just would not turn loose. I even sprayed them with my sink sprayer and they would not let go. I ended up throwing all the broccoli out. I probably could have picked them out with a knife or something, but I would have wondered if I missed one while I was eating it.
Is this normal? Are there always this many worms when harvesting broccoli? Is it because I planted too late? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I am debating on pulling all the broccoli plants out, and planting my eggplant and jalapeno peppers in their place. I don't want to give up on broccoli, but if this is something that is normal then I will pass. I don't see it being worth it for such a small amount of broccoli.