info: Broccoli is a large edible flower. The stalks and flowers are eaten both raw and cooked, and have a flavor similar to cabbage.
storage: To store, mist/dampen the unwashed heads and wrap loosely in damp paper towels, then refrigerate.
Don’t seal in a plastic bag – broccoli needs air circulation.
preparation: Don’t boil broccoli! Steaming and blanching are the best methods to preserve the most flavor and nutrition. Whatever the method, don’t overcook.
from What is Broccolini?
Broccoli, botanically-known as Brassica oleracea italica, is native to the Mediterranean. It was engineered from a cabbage relative by the ancient Etruscans, who were considered to be horticultural geniuses. Its English name, broccoli, is derived from the Italian brocco and the Latin bracchium meaning arm, branch, or shoot. When first introduced in England, broccoli was referred to as “Italian asparagus.” Although commercial cultivation of broccoli dates back to the 1500s, it did not become a popular foodstuff in the United States until the early 1920s. … read more