Broccoli Is Tops for Great Nutrition and Versatility
Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It's low in calories and fat, and high in fibre and many vitamins and minerals, including 70% of the Daily Values (DV) for vitamin A and 120% DV for vitamin C.
Buying and Storing
- When buying broccoli, examine the stalks — they should be compact, slender, and crisp. Look for florets that are tight together and uniformly green. If leaves are present, they should have good colour and not be wilted.
- Do not wash broccoli before storing, and be sure to store in an open plastic bag in the fridge for maximum crispness. Also refrigerate broccoli to preserve its texture and flavour, along with vitamin C content.
- Broccoli is best eaten within one to two days of purchase, but it can be kept up to four days in the fridge.
Cooking and Serving
- Enjoy broccoli in a variety of ways. Try it raw with other vegetables as part of an appetiser plate or add a few florets to your salad.
- Cook and eat broccoli by itself as a tasty side dish, or chop and add it to stir-fries, pastas, or soups.
- Try to avoid smothering broccoli with cheese — it adds lots of extra calories and fat.
Instead, try to lighten up by topping broccoli with lemon juice, a sprinkle of almonds, sesame seeds, toasted bread crumbs, or a little Parmesan cheese.
Add broccoli to your meals and discover the benefits of this superhero of the vegetable world!