Broccoli

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Seasonality:

  • Broccoli is available year-round

Health Benefits of Broccoli:

  • Broccoli is an excellent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, chromium and folate, and a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus and choline.

How to Select Broccoli:

  • Look for broccoli stalks about 4 – 6 inches wide, with tight heads and a rounded dome.
  • Tops should be deep green, tightly closed buds and have stalks that are crisp.
  • Avoid broccoli that is limp or rubbery.

How to Store Broccoli:

  • Wrap unwashed broccoli in plastic wrap or in a plastic bag. Store in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator up to 5-7 days.

How to Prepare Broccoli:

  • Wash broccoli before preparing.
  • Broccoli can be roasted whole or cut into pieces for sauteeing, steaming, roasting, cooking or eating raw.

Fun Facts About Broccoli:

  • The word broccoli is derived from the Italian word broccolo, meaning the flowering top of a cabbage. Thomas Jefferson imported broccoli seeds from Italy to plant at Monticello.

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