Oven Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

When you receive a bouquet of flowers, the last thing you would do is prepare it for a delicious meal. But that is just what broccoli is, a cluster of tiny flower buds, packed tightly together to form the florets that appear on dinner plates across the world. In season from January through May, broccoli is a tasty vegetable to add to your springtime menu.

Health Benefits

There is a reason parents force their children to stay at the table until their broccoli is gone. These green bundles provide valuable nutrition for healthy living.

Benefits include:

  • High in fiber, which helps with digestion and keeps you full

  • Provides 150 percent of daily immune system-boosting vitamin C in one 100 gram serving

  • Phytonutrients, such as sulforaphane, lower the risk of breast cancer and osteoarthritis

  • Rich source of vitamins A, K and B

  • Studies have shown that topical application of broccoli extract may prevent skin cancer caused by UV radiation from the sun

Vegetable Pasta Salad with Cucumber Vinaigrette

Broccoli Facts

A relatively new crop in America, broccoli was introduced in 1923 and has continued to grow in popularity.

  • Originally introduced to the United States from Italy, broccoli was first grown in California, which remains one of America’s top producing states.

  • In 2010, California produced $606 million worth of broccoli.

  • Arizona is the second leading broccoli-producing state.

  • Per capita consumption of broccoli in the United States has risen from 1.4 pounds in 1980 to 5.6 pounds in 2010.

  • Broccoli can be marketed fresh or as a processed product.

  • Broccoli can be chopped, canned or frozen.

  • Fresh broccoli exports in 2010 were valued at $136 million.

  • Canada and Japan are the largest export markets for fresh broccoli, purchasing 136.1 million pounds and 126 million pounds respectively in 2010.

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Preparing Broccoli

Broccoli can be used in a variety of dishes. Steamed, sauteed or even pureed, this vegetable can be used as a side dish or main entree.

Many people use only the broccoli florets and miss out on the tender stalks of the plant.

Learn how to make the most of your broccoli with this informational video from The Steamy Kitchen:

Recipes:
Oven-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower
Mini Ham and Cheddar Veggie Cups
Vegetable Pasta Salad With Cucumber Vinaigrette
Broccoli Cheese Cornbread

Sources:
Medical New Today, Nutrition Facts, AGMRC

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