Broccoli — facts that you may not know!
Since it’s Broccoli week on Life Currents, I thought I’d share some “Broccoli — facts that you may not know!” And, I have a collection of THE BEST broccoli recipes from around the web. And don’t forget to check out this week’s newest Broccoli Recipes — Grilled Garlicky Broccoli and Caramelized Broccoli.
Broccoli is one veggie that pretty much everyone in my family can agree on. We all love it. And, it’s a really versatile veggie. You can eat it raw, roast it, grill it, steam it, casserole it, soup it (like my Broccoli Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup or my Broccoli Pea Potage), even dip it! So, dive into this amazing green veggie!
The word “broccoli” comes from Italian, meaning “cabbage sprout”. Broccoli is indeed a cousin to the cabbage, as well as a cousin to Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and cauliflower. These types of veggies are known as Cruciferous Vegetables.
Cruciferae is Latin for “cross-bearing”, referring to the shape of their flowers, whose four petals resemble a cross.
Broccoli is a pretty deep green, sometimes with a purple tint, veggie with tight clusters of tiny buds on edible stems or stalks. These buds are what will eventually turn into little yellow flowers and go to seed.
When purchasing broccoli to eat, the buds should be dark green and tightly closed, with crisp leaves, and firm stalks. Peak season for broccoli is October to April, but it’s available year round at most grocery stores. Refrigerate unwashed broccoli in a tightly closed bag for the longest life.
Broccoli stalks can be peeled and eaten, try them in a soup or shaved in a salad. Check out my recipe for Shaved Broccoli Salad here.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, riboflavin, calcium, iron, and fiber. I’ve also read many studies on the various health benefits of broccoli, from reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, to fighting cancer cells in lab tests (which are far too detailed and fussy to go into detail about here).
1 pound fresh broccoli is roughly 4 cups of broccoli.
Here are some amazing Broccoli Recipes from around the internet!
Homemade Rice-a-Roni Broccoli Au Gratin by Life Currents
Grilled broccoli with lemon from Culinary Ginger
Broccoli and Sweet Pepper Pasta Recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Crunchy Baked Broccoli from Savory Experiments
Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Bake from Noshing with the Nolands
Broccoli Salad from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch
Garlic Parmesan Broccoli from Homemade Hooplah
Cheesy Hot Broccoli Dip from The Kitchen is my Playground
Chinese Spicy Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry from Lovefoodies
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole from Num’s the Word
Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole from A Dish of Daily Life