Broccoli 西蘭花
Monday September 7th, 2015 / Leafy

Broccoli (西蘭花)

As a variety of cauliflower and similar to the Chinese flowering kale, both in appearances and flavors, Broccoli has recently been hailed as one of the super-foods. Available all year round, although best from around the end of July to the end of October, the amazing benefits of Broccoli can be enjoyed whatever the season.

Broccoli’s appearance tends to be invariable, with tight clusters of green buds with thick, edible stems. Many have hailed this vegetable as a super food due to the fact that it is one of the most nutursious of all the vegetables. Broccoli is extremely high in vitamins such as vitamin C, contains dietary fiber, and has high protein content of around 3%. In addition to its low calories, there is scientific evidence that it can help lower the incidence of bowel cancer, and overall is great for people’s health.

To reap the benefits of this vegetable, the preparation and cooking process of Broccoli is straightforward. Firstly, Broccoli should be washed and dried. Then the option of cutting the vegetable is up to you, with traditional preparation cutting Broccoli into vertical slices. To cook Broccoli, one can either boil or steam for around 3 to 6 minutes till tender, also dependent on size and desired texture.

Broccoli can be eaten in a variety of ways. It can be incorporated into stir-frys, adding refreshing texture to this classic dish. Broccoli is also often included within pasta dishes, such as a cheese pasta bake.