WHAT IS BROCCOLI?
This infamous member of the cabbage family is a giant bundle of flowers similar to cauliflower in appearance. Popular in Italy for over 2,000 years, the name comes from the word “broccolo” or “flowering crest.” When first imported into England in the 1700s it was initially called Italian asparagus. In general broccoli is a biennial that grows best in cooler temperatures. One of the most hated foods in Western culture, genetically about 20% of the population taste an extreme level of bitterness when eating it. While today California grows most of this vegetable for the States, China raises the world’s largest crop. To the horror of some, worldwide consumption has increased over the last few decades.
WHY IS BROCCOLI GOOD FOR YOU?
It is a food rich in various vitamins (B,C and A) as well as in minerals and fiber. One ounce of this green tree contains as much calcium as an ounce of milk. However boiling strips this vegetable of a third of its nutrients. Like asparagus, broccoli can also cause your urine due to smell.
WHEN IS BROCCOLI IN SEASON?
Planting starts in early Spring (so long as the soil temperature is above 40 degrees Farenheit) or Fall. The plant takes 3 to 5 months to mature. When harvesting it, cut the stem on an angle about 6 inches below the head. The side shoots will continue to grow.
HOW SHOULD BROCCOLI BE STORED?
Dry it can be stored for 5 days if refrigerated. Or it can be blanched (to hold color) and frozen for about 1 year.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT BROCCOLI?
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BROCCOLI LATTES ARE THE LATEST DRINK FAD?
Hard to believe but true, these green coffee infusions are currently sold in Australia. The entire plant is turned into a powder that can be covertly added to drinks, sauces and other unsuspecting foods. Evil has a new name and it is “invisible broccoli supplement.”