Broccoli is an edible flowering from the same species as cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. The edible part of broccoli is called a "stalk", and consists of a bunch of florets.
Broccoli florets, once removed from the stalk, can be easily prepared by boiling, steaming, sauteing, roasting, pickling, or eaten raw.
Broccoli florets should be deep green and tightly-closed. Stalks should be firm but not woody. Avoid broccoli with yellowing florets.
Broccoli freezes well, so if you're pressed for time, or only need a little bit, it's okay to buy frozen.
Store in the coldest part of the fridge, and keep it dry. Use within 7 days.
- Broccoli can be chopped and formed into broccoli tots