Our broccoli nutrition page offers a more detailed look at the nutritional value and corresponding health benefits of eating broccoli, along with top tips, interesting snippets, and our favourite recipes that feature broccoli.
Our printable broccoli nutrition vegetable chart makes a great at a glance guide. Stick it in a notebook, or to the front of the fridge - it might inspire you when you look inside and don't know what to do with what's lurking in your vegetable drawer!
If you are looking for some printables to help your child recognise their veggies, we've created a nice collection of broccoli themed vegetable worksheets.
There are a number of varieties of broccoli ranging from the ever popular big green head of the calabrese through to the quick growing raab - both of which feature in our chart above - and not forgetting the beautiful purple sprouting broccoli which makes a delicious side dish when sautéed with a little garlic and butter, if you eat it.
If you want to get the most of broccoli nutrition you might also want to consider eating broccoli sprouts - great thrown in salads or on top of just about anything (except maybe a chocolate cake!) they are considered to have up to 50 times more of the cancer fighting compound than is found in fully grown broccoli!
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins K and C, with 1 cup providing almost 2.5 times the RDA for vitamin K and 1.5 times the RDA for vitamin C!
Broccoli is also a good source of chromium, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, vitamins A, B6 and E, potassium and manganese.
The broccoli season in the UK runs from April to October, although if you are growing your own you will no doubt be able to extend that with careful planting.
Buy the freshest broccoli you can find - no yellow or brown bits, and make sure the head is nice and firm not soft and wilting.
If you buy fresh broccoli it should last up to 10 days in the fridge - don't wash it until just before you want to use it, and keep it in an airtight bag or tightly wrapped in clingfilm (this is often how you will find it in the supermarket).
Broccoli is an nice easy vegetable to grow at home in the vegetable bed. Start your seeds out indoors between March and June, then transplant into your vegetable bed from April, when you can also direct so.
There are several varieties of broccoli including the popular calabrese which produces the classic big heads we associate with broccoli, Raab and the delicious over wintering purple sprouting broccoli.
Broccoli Raab is a very quick crop to grow - 45 to 60 days from seed - and can be planted successively to give a nice long harvest. If you have a polytunnel you can extend the season even further.
Broccoli is very tasty to birds and caterpillars so you would do well to net them with a fine mesh such as Enviromesh, which should protect the plants from both cheeky pests!
We generally have broccoli as a side dish so we don't have many broccoli specific recipes at the moment, do check back often or subscribe to our newsletter.
This Thai green curry recipe uses two heads of broccoli to add to the greenness of the dish as well as bumping up the nutrient content.