Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and is closely related to cauliflower. Because of its different components, this vegetable provides a complex of tastes and textures, ranging from soft and flowery (the florets) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk). Its color can range from deep sage to dark green to purplish-green, depending upon the variety.

Selection and storage

Store broccoli in a plastic bag, removing as much of the air from the bag as possible. Store in the refrigerator where it will keep for 10 days. Do not wash broccoli before because exposure to water encourages spoilage. 

Preparation and serving methods

Rinse broccoli under cold water. Cut florets into quarters for quick and even cooking. Be sure to enjoy the stems and leaves of broccoli, which provide a good balance of flavors. Peel the broccoli stem and cut the stem into 1/2" slices. To get unique health benefits from broccoli, let it sit for several minutes before cooking.

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