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This page was updated January 2009

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ANSWER: Broccoli

About Broccoli

Broccoli are vegetables which grow as florets (clusters of flower buds) on stalks (stems). It is a member of the cabbage family.

Broccoli has been around for more then 2,000 years and was first grown in Italy. The name broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium, which means “branch” or “arm.” Americans have grown broccoli for over 200 years. It is a vegetable that can be grown in Nebraska.

Choose bunches with tight florets that are dark green, purplish or bluish green. Stalks should be very firm. Florets are richer in beta-carotene then the stalks. Did you know? Broccoli has as much calcium per ounce as milk.

Learn more about broccoli:

Free Fruit & Vegetable Factsheets from UNL Extension in Lancaster County

13 Fun Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables from UNL Extension in Lancaster County - NEBLINE Newsletter

Growing Plants from the Cabbage Family from UNL Extension in Lancaster County

Growing Broccoli & Cauliflower from UNL Extension

Fitting in the Fiber from UNL Extension

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