Description: The term Broccoli is derived from the Latin word brachium, which means branch, since it looks like a tree-like shape that features a head of florets attached by small stems to a larger stalk. It has a mixture of textures. The stem and stalk are crunchy whereas the florets are soft. There are various varieties of Broccoli which can be distinguished from the colours which range from dark green to purplish green.
Commonly used in: Salads, stir fries, pastas, soups, sauces etc.
Health benefit: Among other things, broccoli is full of beta-carotene which converts to Vitamin A inside the body and acts as an antioxidant which helps lower the risk of heart attacks, cancer etc. As a good source of Vitamin C it boosts the immune system and fights off cancers and heart disease. It contains calcium which promotes strong bone growth and prevents osteoporosis. It is also rich in foliate which promotes tissue growth.