Facts and Health Guide 101: Broccoli

Broccoli is a green vegetable which belongs to the family of cabbages. In fact, its name is derived from the Italian word broccolo which means the flowering top of a cabbage. Its scientific name is Brassica oleracea.

Facts and Health Guide 101: Broccoli
Broccoli, Brassica oleracea

Broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals.  These include Vitamin C, Vitamin A which is basically, beta-carotene, fiber, folic acid and calcium. These nutrients found in Broccoli help to lower blood pressure and even cleanses the digestive system, hence, prevents colon cancer. It also has antioxidant properties that are linked to the reduction of the risks from having cataracts, any heart diseases and cancer.

Selecting Broccoli

When doing the grocery, and planning to buy a bunch of broccoli, choose the one that is still in clusters, compact. Be conscious of florets that are bruised, do not pick them. Take note also of the color which should be uniform, either green or depending on the variety but never those that are yellow, these are matured already. Make sure that the stalk and stem are firm and contains no spots, especially slimy spots.

Keeping and Storing of Broccoli

It’s best to keep and store broccoli in a proper way to assure that it still be available a day or two.

Keep the broccoli in the plastic bag with air removed from it. In this way, the broccoli can be stored in the fridge for as long as 10 days. Refrain from washing broccoli before storing because this might even cause to the early spoilage of the vegetable.

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