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.
When buying broccoli, the stalk, leaves, and florets should be fresh and brightly colored, with tightly closed buds. Avoid broccoli with any yellow discoloration.
Store unwashed broccoli in a Ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator crisper drawer.