This spring, I ordered "Small Miracle Broccoli" seeds from the Eternal Seed Company. This broccoli was supposed to have a short season and be frost resistant. I planted it late, and it spent the whole summer and most of the fall looking like a sorry excuse for a wilty collard-type cabbage. Things started to change when the rest of the garden began, however. About a month and a half ago, it took on the aspect of a very healthy portuguese collard (which, coincidentally, it was planted right beside a big patch of). I ate some of its leaves, and assumed that was it. Fast forward a month (that's about the size of my lapses in attention to the garden), and everything but the cabbages is dead. We've had a handful of serious frosts.
Now, Small Miracle has a head of broccoli, and 5 or 6 more mushroom sized ones starting. I ate the big head for dinner tonight, and it was probably the best broccoli i've ever eaten. The stems were sweeter than cooked carrots. That's all.