Broccoli, Brassica oleracea, is an herbaceous annual or biennial grown for its edible flower heads which are used as a vegetable. The broccoli plant has a thick green stalk, or stem, which gives rise to thick, leathery, oblong leaves which are gray-blue to green in color.
- Broccoli is a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.
Storage and uses
- Consume fresh broccoli as soon as you can as it will not keep for long.
- To store, drizzle water droplets on the flower heads, cover loosely in damp paper towels and refrigerate. But never wash broccoli before storing in the refrigerator. The excess moisture promotes mold.
- Do not store broccoli in a sealed container or plastic bag.
- Raw broccolis requires air circulation.