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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Broccoli ... it's brimming with good nutrients !



Did you know that Broccoli contains almost 5 times as much vitamin C, 8 times as much Calcium,
and almost 2.5 times as much Fibre as Potato.

Broccoli:
Pronounce it: brok-o-lee

Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name, calebrese. It has tight clusters of deep green buds and thick, edible stems and was developed from the more loosely packed purple sprouting broccoli. There's little to choose between the two in terms of flavour or nutrition.

Availability:
All year round, but at its best from the end of July to the end of October.

Choose the best:
Go for firm, bright green, undamaged heads (if it's yellow its already past its peak) and firm stalks. As broccoli deteriorates faster when in contact with the air, supermarkets often wrap it in cellophane - always choose the unwrapped type if you can as, if it still looks good, you can be sure that it has been recently picked.

Prepare it:
Trim any woody stem ends or tough leaves with a knife. Divide into small, individual florets, each with a short stem, and diagonally slice the thicker stems. Rinse under cold water. Broccoli boils or steams in 3-6 minutes, depending on the size of floret. In stir-fries, cook it for a couple of minutes, until tender.

Store it:
In an airtight bag in the fridge.

Cook it:
Cook and drizzle with olive oil or melted butter or a handful of grated Parmesan; add to a cheesy pasta bake; stir-fry in groundnut oil with chopped garlic and dry fried cashews, adding a drizzle of sesame oil to the pan just before cooking ends.

Alternatives:
Try purple sprouting broccoli or cauliflower.

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How about a tasty treat ...
Broccoli and Smoked Salmon Omelette
Ingredients
Serves One
1 tbsp. olive oil
100g Tenderstem® Broccoli, each piece cut into 3
Half a small red onion, finely sliced
3 large free-range eggs
Knob of butter
2 tbsp. cream cheese
1 tbsp. chopped chives
Salt and pepper
50g smoked salmon, cut into strips
See method here

... do you like broccoli?

All the best Jan

17 comments:

Mildred said...

I enjoy broccoli in salads! I'm always looking for ways to add calcium to my diet.
Have a nice weekend.

Jo said...

I love broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli and cauliflower. Broccoli is one veg we eat a lot of.

Iris Flavia said...

I love broccoli! But I always thought calebrese is meat or cheese!

Tom said...

...good to hear, I eat it regularly.

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Valerie

baili said...

i love broccoli and thank you for the superb recipe!
and specially for the information about it

Christine said...

I should eat more broccoli

Martha said...

Oh what a nice recipe! I'll have to give this one a try. I didn't like broccoli as a child but as an adult I enjoy it very much. This week I made a really nice carrot and broccoli soup for us!

Mary Kirkland said...

I love broccoli. I found a recipe last year for a slaw with broccoli stems. It was so good.

Elephant's Child said...

With the exception of brussel sprouts I am very, very fond of all the brassica family.

Out on the prairie said...

one friend pickles his stems

Lee said...

Broccoli features regularly as a part of my meals. I love it.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love broccoli, Jan! I always have a large bag of frozen in my freezer. Of course, fresh is best, but frozen is very good as well. ♥

Carol Blackburn said...

The last time I went to a Chinese Buffet there was this little boy who followed his father to the buffet tables and stood behind him with a fresh plate. The father turned and asked him what he wanted "now".....and the child replied "just broccoli, they have the best broccoli." The father gave him two large stalks of the broccoli and the child turned, we smiled at each other and he bounced happily back to the table. Gotta love broccoli!

Snowbird said...

I just love broccoli, such a healthy, delicious veg. I recently used finely chopped broccoli as a rice, lovely it was.xxx

Magic Love Crow said...

Yummy broccoli! Thanks Jan! Big Hugs!

William Kendall said...

I do like broccoli.