The Braga Family has been farming in the Salinas area for decades. It all started in the 1920’s, when a young and industrious Swiss immigrant Sebastian Braga arrived in South Monterey County, California, and took up work growing row crops in the Salinas Valley. In 1928 he was able to buy a ranch of his own in Soledad, where he settled his family and built a homestead. On 600 acres, he raised dairy cattle, and grew sugar beets, tomatoes, onions, hay and corn. Keeping the Braga standards and principles at the forefront, the third generation joined the business and the family began organic farming—launching ASA Organics, which stands for All Sustainable Agriculture—growing the full organic product line available today. Rodney, Chris, Carson and Marshall Braga have remained true to their family’s core values, and have lead the company and the fresh produce industry in food safety, quality, and sustainable farming.
Broccolini is a vegetable in its own right, a cross between broccoli and gai lon, or Chinese kale. Those tiny yellow flowers are a sign of the vegetable’s gai lon parentage — and the gai lon is what gives this vegetable its cool peppery flavor. <br>Though much more expensive than broccoli, the hybrid has little waste; the slim stems are so tender all the way down that their ends don't even need to be trimmed. In fact, it's a much more interesting and sweeter-tasting vegetable than broccoli crowns, the de-stemmed florets that are common in many markets today.</br></br> Broccolini is nutritionally very similar to broccoli and is considered a tremendous source of carotenoids and other anti-inflammatory nutrients that may help decrease the odds of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It's also an amazing source of vitamins A, C and K.