Broccoli originated in Italy.  It is similar to cauliflower buds and therefore belongs to the group of flowering vegetables. The leaves can also be eaten, as long as they are young and tender. 

If broccoli is bought wrapped in cling film, it should be left in its packaging since its moisture content should be at 90 percent, in order for it to stay fresher for a longer period of time. Broccoli can be kept a day or two in the refrigerator.

Season: From May to November

Nutritional Value Table

per 100 g edible portion
Energy Nutrients Minerals Vitamins
31 kcal Protein 3 g Sodium 13 mg C 110 mg
131 kJ Fat 0.4 g Potassium 370 mg E 1 mg
  Carbohydrates 2.4 g Calcium 93 mg B3 1 mg
  Dietary fibres 3 g Phosphorus 67 mg B5 0.9 mg
    Magnesium 25 mg B6 0.19 mg

Energy: 31 kcal, 131 kJ

Nutrients: Protein 3 g, Fat 0.4 g, Carbohydrates 2.4 g, Dietary fibres 3 g

Minerals: Sodium 13 mg, Potassium 370 mg, Calcium 93 mg, Phosphorus 67 mg, Magnesium 25 mg, Iron 1.4 mg

Vitamins: C 110 mg, E 1 mg, B3 1 mg, B5 0.9 mg, B6 0.19 mg

Did you know...?

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and glucosinolate content. Broccoli contains a high amount of calcium, compared to other vegetables.

1 portion a day corresponds to:

A quarter to a half of a broccoli, depending on its size