- KNOW YOUR VEG
known as calabrese (it is originally from the Calabria
region of Italy) broccoli with its tiny bright green
buds, is one of the most popular vegetables in the
UK. Along with cauliflower and cabbage it is a member
of the brassica family. Look for bright green flower
heads with firm stalks; avoid yellowing heads or wilting
How To Use Broccoli
can be served raw or cooked. Raw broccoli can be
added to salads. Serve cooked broccoli as an accompanying
vegetable it goes particularly well with chicken
or fish dishes. Serve it simply steamed or dress
with melted butter or olive oil and lemon juice.
Broccoli can be added to stir-fry dishes and cooked
florets make a tasty and colourful addition to pasta
sauces or bakes.
How To Prepare Broccoli
is often sold ready-trimmed so there is very little
wastage. Trim the stalk using a small sharp knife.
Cut into even-sized florets and rinse in cold water.
How To Cook Broccoli
can be boiled, steamed or stir-fried. It is easy
to overcook broccoli its beautiful vivid bright
green colour turns to a dull greenish grey and it
loses its crisp texture. To boil broccoli, place
the florets in a pan of salted boiling water and
cook for 6 8 minutes. To steam broccoli,
place it in a steamer and cook for 6 8 minutes.
To stir-fry broccoli, break it into bite-sized florets,
heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan and add
the florets, cook for 4 5 minutes or until
How To Store Broccoli
refrigerated after purchase.
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