Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family, and is closely related to cauliflower. Its cultivation originated in Italy. Broccolo, its Italian name, means “cabbage sprout.” Because of its different components, broccoli provides a range of tastes and textures, from soft and flowery (the floret) to fibrous and crunchy (the stem and stalk).
Broccoli bunches should have fresh-looking, light green stalks that are approximately 5 inches in length and of consistent thickness. The heads should be tight with rounded crowns and compact bud clusters that are purple-green.
Crowns (or crown cut) represent the best of the broccoli tops, trimmed just under the broccoli head. Crown pieces should be uniform in color and can be of varying sizes. Tanimura & Antle Wrapped Broccoli provides protection against excessive in-store handling still allowing the customer to clearly see the fresh product. Tanimura & Antle Wrapped Broccoli provides protection against excessive in-store handling still allowing the customer to clearly see the fresh product.
Store unwashed broccoli in the crisper or produce drawer of the refrigerator. Store away from ethylene-producing fruits to avoid discoloration, spotting or decay. Wash right before eating. Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked. Before cooking, cut florets into similar sizes to ensure uniform cooking. Chop and add to stir-fry, pasta sauce or steam and serve with cheese sauce.