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Nutrition 101: Broccoli, Over-hyped or Super-food?

Updated: Jun 28, 2020

Broccoli has a reputation as a super-food. It is low in calories but contains a wealth of nutrients and antioxidants that support many aspects of human health.

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means "the flowering crest of a cabbage".

There are three commonly grown types of broccoli:

1.) Calabrese broccoli

Often referred to simply as "broccoli", named after Calabria in Italy. It has large (10 to 20 cm) green heads and thick stalks. It is a cool-season annual crop.