Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable in the cabbage family. Broccoli possesses abundant fleshy unbloomed flower heads called "beads". They are green in color, arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a single thick, edible stalk. The large crown of beads atop the stalk is surrounded by leaves on the plant.
This hearty, tasty vegetable is rich in dozens of nutrients. In fact, it packs the most nutritional punch of any vegetable. Broccoli's noteworthy nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber. Broccoli also has many medicinal benefits, including its ability to prevent many types of cancer, improve our digestive system, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body, maximize vitamin and mineral uptake, prevent allergic reactions, boost the immune system, protect the skin, prevent birth defects, and lower blood pressure, just to name a few.
Today in broccoli is grown in just about every state in the Union, but California is the leading producer of U.S. broccoli.
SW Desert includes Yuma Arizona and Coachella & Imperial Valleys in California
We pack Broccoli for export in several styles as described below. Custom packs, sizes and private and/or exclusive branding are available.
38 count ICED Broccoli Crown: "Japan Pack"
Crown Size: 4 ¾ to 5 ¼ inch diameter; stalk length 5 ½ inches from top of Crown to bottom of stalk. Standard pack is trimmed with no leaf. We can also pack with leaf on.
38 Crowns per carton. Broccoli is field packed, place-packed in carton. Brocccoli is transported to cooling facility and carton is fully iced to cool Broccoli prior to loading. There are 48 cartons per pallet. Maximum load volume is 960 cartons.*
38 count ICELESS Broccoli Crown:
Packing style is the same as 38 count iced above, but instead of icing broccoli to remove field heat, we use Hydro-Vacuum Cooling (a combination of vacuum and icey water cooling). We can then pack with or without a liner bag. This pack allows us to load 56 cartons per pallet, increasing load volume to 1120 cartons per 40 foot container.
40 count ICED Broccoli Crown: "Korea Pack"
Crown Size: 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 inch diameter; stalk length 5 1/2 inches from top of Crown to bottom of stalk. Standard pack is trimmed with no leaf.
40 Crowns per carton. Broccoli is field packed, place-packed in carton. Broccoli is transported to cooling facility and carton is fully iced to cool Broccoli prior to loading. There are 48 cartons per pallet. Maximum load volume is 960 cartons.*
42 count ICED Broccoli Crown: "Taiwan Pack"
Crown Size: 5 to 5 1/2 inch diameter crown; stalk length 4 3/4 inches from top of Crown to bottom of stalk.
42 Crowns per carton. Fields are selected and packed to reach minimum weights of approximately 26-27 pounds gross. Carton is fully iced prior to loading. There are 48 cartons per pallet. Maximum load volume is 960 cartons.*
Shrink Wrapped Crown
Each crown is shrink wrapped and branded with PLU coding.
Any pack can be developed to customer's individual specifications.