Broccoli – I
One of the best remedies in
the world beneficial to our health is sold without prescription, it is reasonably priced, it is tasty, once you
became familiar with its mild bitter taste, and it is available in vegetable stores and supermarkets: the
The green broccoli which looks like a small cauliflower is part of the Brassica family, along with cauliflower,
cabbage and Brussell sprouts; broccoli is grown and harvested in large quantities in California
and Arizona and its cultivation started in 1928 from seeds imported
from Italy. The D’Arrigo
Brothers, two immigrants from Messina, founded in
1927 the Andy Boy Company in California, one of the largest growers of
broccoli and of a large variety of vegetables.
The broccoli is usually boiled, steamed, stir-fried, sliced thin and mixed in salads
or with a dip as a crudity or
appetizer. Do not overcook broccoli because it will cause the loss of nutrients and its medical properties.
Broccoli is high in vitamin C essential for our metabolic functions and in vitamin B Complex essential for growth,
development and other bodily functions.
“Cosi amari tienili
cari” translate from Sicilian “love bitter food” it is very truthful when
referred to broccoli: a compound, "glucoraphanin" gives to the broccoli that slight bitter taste and contains
substances effective to the management of the human immune system to stop the growth and defend against cancer,
viral and bacterial activities.
Some studies show that eating broccoli helps in the prevention of some coronary
diseases and protects against prostate and lung cancer. Other researchers discovered that a substance in broccoli
is effective against peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.
Buy fresh and crispy broccoli with a deep green shade, the stems should be a lighter
green color, without dark spots or damages.