GOOD STUFF TO KNOW ABOUT BROCCOLI
The most popular member of the brassica family, broccoli is a nutritional superstar. Actually flower buds, broccoli is high in vitamins A, C, K, B-complex, calcium, & fiber.
Store in the cripser drawer of your refrigerator – preferably in a plastic bag. Your broccoli should keep for at least a week this way.
To Freeze: simply steam and blanch it. Toss uniformly sized florets and peeled stem chunks into a steamer basket and steam for 4-5 minutes. Rinse with cold water, toss it into a bowl of ice water for a few minutes, drain, and then pack into freezer bags, sucking all the air out when you close it. Frozen broccoli is best in soups and casseroles.
Cooking & Eating Tips
Don’t toss the stem! Peel it & eat it raw with dip, grated in coleslaw, or cooked in stir-fry or broccoli soup. Steaming is the quickest & most nutritious way to cook broccoli florets – don’t overcook them! Simply top with olive oil & lemon juice, tamari & sesame oil, or butter & Parmesan cheese.