Popular in American, Italian and Chinese cuisine, broccoli is loaded with vitamins A and C, riboflavin, fiber and calcium. It helps protect against certain cancers, strokes, and even cataracts.

What to look for when buying broccoli:

  1. Broccoli stalks should be crisp, firm, and ligher than the florets.
  2. The florets should be dark green with no soft or yellow spots
  3. Buds should be tightly packed together.
  4. Most stores will sell pre-cut broccoli. Look for characteristics 1 through 3.
Storing Broccoli
  1. Use broccoli as soon as possible, since storing it depletes nutrients over time.
  2. Freezing broccoli is a good way to preserve its nutrients.
  3. Broccoli can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks if stored dry.in tightly wrapped plastic.
Cooking Broccoli
  1. Cook until tender but still firm.
  2. Perfectly cooked broccoli should have a pleasant, mild taste and bright green color.
  3. You can stop cooking by placing cooked he broccoli into an ice bath, which will preserve nutrients, flavor and color.
  4. Uncover and serve immediately once it's done to avoid overcooking.