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Facts for Broccoli

  • Choose bunches that are dark green. Good color indicates high nutrient value. Florets that are dark green, purplish, or bluish green contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than paler or yellowing ones.

  • The flower buds or florets are richer in beta-carotene than the stalks.

  • Choose bunches with stalks that are very firm. Stalks that bend or seem rubbery are of poor quality.

  • Over 30,000 plants of broccoli can grow on one acre.

  • In the United States, the most common type of broccoli is the Italian green or sprouting variety. Its green stalks are topped with umbrella-shaped clusters of purplish green florets.