Broccoli is a vegetable that grows as clusters of flower buds, called florets, on a stem. The heads of broccoli should be harvested before the flowers open or turn yellow.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli has calcium which helps build bones. It also has Vitamin A which promotes cell growth and good vision. It is a good source of iron, which is important for helping blood cells move oxygen through the body. It also has folate, which is important for women who are pregnant, as it plays an important role in preventing birth defects.
How to Select Broccoli
Select large, firm and brightly colored heads of broccoli with tight florets that are dark green, purplish, or bluish green. Avoid discolored and damaged heads of broccoli.
How to Store Broccoli
Store unwashed broccoli heads in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Whole heads of broccoli can be stored, or can be cut into florets for quick use.
How to Prepare Broccoli
- Add raw or cooked broccoli to a salad
- Try as a pizza topping
- Eat raw broccoli with dip
- Add broccoli to soup or stew
- Add to an omelet
- Boil, steam, roast or microwave broccoli for a side dish
- Add to a pasta dish or pasta salad
- Add broccoli to a stir-fry
- Add to a casserole
Seasonal Availability of Broccoli in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.
- Fruit and Veggie Fact Sheets, UNL Nutrition Education Program
- Seasonal Produce Guide - Broccoli, SNAP-Ed Connection
- Nebraska Harvest Schedule, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska