1 – It is part of the cabbage family. Did you know that the word broccoli is the plural form of broccolo in Italian? And only became popular in America in the 1920s?
2 – Purple cabbage is a form of broccoli not cauliflower. Its head has the shape of cauliflower but has tiny flower buds on the ends. And sometimes has a purple hue to it.
3 – The stalk is edible. Have you ever eaten the stalk? You might have if you ever eaten the broccoli slaws that are out on the market! If you have the stalk and want to try it, I would recommend peeling the outer layer in order to avoid the woody part but otherwise it can be eaten raw or cooked.
4 – India and China are the major producers of broccoli. In 2014, both countries combined produced 17.9 million tonnes of broccoli and cauliflower!!
5 – It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K, is low in carbohydrates, protein, fats and dietary fibre.
I work as a Dietitian and definitely walk the talk. I love to cook and help people get back to being healthy again.