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Broccoli has a variety of health benefits, including its ability to improve digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and maximize vitamin and mineral uptake. It can also help prevent allergic reactions, boosts the immune system, protects the skin, aids in preventing birth defects, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and improves vision as well as ocular health.
Store broccoli in a bag in the high-humidity vegetable crisper of your refrigerator for up to a week. It will technically keep for longer but will begin to lose flavor and nutrition. You can also blanch it and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Blanched, steamed, grilled, sauteed, seared, or roasted, broccoli is best when cooked until just tender through the stalk. Overcooking broccoli brings out the not good flavor and makes it a dull, unappetizing color. When really fresh, broccoli is delicious raw. Be sure to eat the stem too! If the outer part of the stem is fibrous just peel it and enjoy the crunchy, sweet inside. Here there is a video on how to cut and use the whole broccoli head.
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