Broccoli is native to Italy, spreading throughout the rest of Europe at the marriage of Catherine de Medici and Henry II of France.
The veggie was brought to the New World by way of Virginia in the late 1700’s, and is now cultivated across the world.
It’s a member of the cabbage family. The term broccoli is actually the plural of the Italian word broccolo, meaning “the flowering crest of a cabbage.”
Broccoli is a cool-weather crop that thrives in temperatures between 18 and 23°C, making Canada very suitable. China and India, however, produce 76% of the world’s broccoli.
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Look for bunches with slender stems.
Store in a perforated bag in a high-humidity crisper.
Wash well, drain, and remove the outer leaves before cooking, Cut and trim the stems.
To steam, cook for 8 to 15 minutes until the florets are just tender.
To microwave, place in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook on high for 8 to 10 minutes.
|June to November|
Nutrition per 125 mL broccoli (82 g), boiled:
|Total Sugar||1 g|
|Total Dietary Fibre||2.0 g|
|Vitamin C||53 mg|
Provided by Health Canada