Learn more about buying, storing and cooking broccoli.
Broccoli is part of the cabbage family and is closely related to cauliflower. In Italian, broccoli means “cabbage sprout”. Because of its different components, broccoli provides a variety of tastes and textures, ranging from soft and flowery to fibrous and crunchy. When buying broccoli, look for firm stalks with tightly closed florets. Florets should be a blue green or purplish green color, when you see small yellow buds, the broccoli has passed its prime. When storing broccoli, refrigerate in a loosely sealed plastic bag for up to 3 days. To cook broccoli, separate the stalks from the florets and wash thoroughly. But do not throw away the stalks, I peel them like potatoes then cut them in strips and cook them with the florets.