Did you know that broccoli is essentially the bud of a flower that will bloom if left to grow? Part of the Brassica family of plants, its green stalks are topped with umbrella-shaped clusters of dark green florets that will eventually blossom. Your farmers' market will have broccoli in crowns, bundles, stalks, and florets. Their just-picked flavor will have you coming back for more.
This hearty vegetable is a good source of vitamin A, C, potassium, fiber, and contains as much calcium per ounce as milk. Blanched, steamed, or sautéed, broccoli can be added to pasta, casseroles, or stir-fries - it tastes great however you cook it.