Broccoli is available during the whole year in supermarkets, but the best is when grown in cold weather. When you buying broccoli remember that the broccoli should have fresh, clean “green smell” the body of the broccoli should be firm, and the broccoli should have large and dark green head. Avoid broccoli with heads that are blossoming yellow flowers.
Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked. You can eat broccoli raw, as part of a salad, or you can eat cooked broccoli as a garnish topped with sauce, with pasta, rice, omelette, soups and stews.
When you want to store broccoli don’t wash the broccoli before storage. Keep it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. That will avoid moisture and prevent mold growth. You can keep up to five days.
Broccoli is very sensitive to ethylene -- a gas that is created by some fruits and vegetables. The gas accelerates aging of broccoli, so that the broccoli should not be stored near apples, bananas, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, peaches, pears, tomatoes.
Enjoy in the taste and the health benefits of this amazing vegetable.