Broccoli

Spring, Fall, Winter

Health Benefits

Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant that contains the most concentrated source of vitamin C, more than any other vegetable. It also reduces your risk of cancer, helps detoxify air pollutants in the body, reduces cholesterol, strengthens bones, and is heart healthy.

History

roccoli is native to the Mediterranean and was engineered from cabbage by the ancient Etruscans. Although cultivation of broccoli for commercial use dates to the 1500s, it did not become popular in the United States until the early 1920s.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Leave broccoli unwashed and refrigerate in a loosely sealed plastic bag.

How to Prepare

Using a sharp knife, detach the head of the broccoli from the large central core. Slice florets into smaller pieces. Make sure your pieces are all about the same size for even cooking. You can chop the florets into smaller bits, if desired.

Ways to Enjoy

Enjoy broccoli raw, baked, steamed, roasted, grated, blanched, or turned into a creamy pasta sauce. You can even add the stalks to a soup or casserole.

Health Benefits

Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant that contains the most concentrated source of vitamin C, more than any other vegetable. It also reduces your risk of cancer, helps detoxify air pollutants in the body, reduces cholesterol, strengthens bones, and is heart healthy.

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