In the steamy inlands of Brazil, along a series of whitewater falls, lies the dense tropical city of Piracicaba. Though it is not far from the urban sprawl of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba is home to an agricultural university and is surrounded by tropical farmlands. It is here that this amazing, heat-tolerant broccoli was born. While most broccolis begin to wither in the mid-summer heat, Piracicaba thrives, sending forth shoot after shoot of sweet, large-beaded florets. Its flesh is tender, its flavor divine. This variety has been difficult to find, so we produce it ourselves on our small farm in New York State--a long way from tropical Brazil, but a happy home for this broccoli nonetheless. Cut and come again.