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what is it?

It may not be on everyone's list of the world's sexiest vegetables, but broccoli is a cook's dependable friend. It's always in the market, almost always in good condition, and it's reliably inexpensive. It's also very versatile, taking well to being steamed, boiled, roasted, and sautéed. In addition to conventional broccoli, many stores now carry several broccoli relatives and look-alikes. Keep an eye out for broccoflower, a cross between cauliflower and broccoli, as well as Chinese broccoli (gai lan), a particularly flavorful, leafy variety with thick stems. The new thin-stemmed broccolini is a cross between regular and Chinese broccoli. You might even see purple broccoli, which produces lots of tender side shoots but resembles conventional broccoli in taste. Finally, broccoli raab is more closely related to turnips, but it has a somewhat broccoli-like appearance.

don't have it?

You can substitute broccolini.

how to choose:

When buying broccoli, look for deep, green color and nice, tight flower heads, which means that the broccoli is fresh. Many supermarkets sell broccoli crowns (just the top portion with the florets), but if you buy whole broccoli, you can use the tasty stems in stir-fries, soups, and more.

how to prep:

Cut the florets into the size you need, but don't cut through the buds—instead, use a small knife to cut lengthwise through the stem. This method lets the florets separate easily but keeps the buds intact. You'll get fewer "bud crumbs" (which can burn easily) in the pan, and the florets will retain their tree-like shape. The stems are just as tasty as the florets, as long as as you peel them before cooking (the outer layer tends to be tough and fibrous).

how to store:

Store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Comments (23)

lanadavison writes: nice Posted: 3:48 am on November 21st

tpmike writes: Good job Posted: 3:02 am on March 10th

paulmennon writes: Tempting Posted: 10:32 am on February 2nd

alliancelimo writes: good job Posted: 4:20 am on January 28th

Carolyoung writes: cool Posted: 10:59 am on January 25th

dennysmudge writes: Broccoli is really gud for health Posted: 10:54 am on January 23rd

DarylLee1 writes: Awesome job Posted: 1:17 am on January 13th

ajayind writes: broccoli is good for health Posted: 1:26 am on October 23rd

mickysingh writes: too good Posted: 6:30 am on October 21st

prophc writes: great work Posted: 4:44 am on October 12th

BrianKelly writes: i luv green vegies!!! Posted: 4:27 am on August 22nd

SammyWebster writes: yummyy Posted: 5:07 am on August 21st

Lissa53 writes: what is broccoli? Posted: 12:54 am on July 8th

Anna_Bloom writes: superb Posted: 5:39 am on July 6th

esteph6 writes: coool work Posted: 2:50 am on July 6th

johan21 writes: very nice Posted: 2:27 am on July 6th

Brettlii writes: great work Posted: 4:54 am on July 3rd

nickmerce writes: awesome work Posted: 2:40 am on April 30th

jamelee writes: good for body Posted: 1:56 am on March 20th

johnsonpaul writes: like it Posted: 12:45 am on March 11th

FC_Editors writes: And, here's a link you can copy and paste, if you'd like: Posted: 8:51 pm on February 8th

captron1 writes: type in recipe maker at the top right of this page then click on the arrow Posted: 12:46 pm on February 8th

Cherished writes: I need help to find the recipe builder so that I can build my own broccoli soup with some help from Fine cooking...where is this? Posted: 4:17 pm on February 6th

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