Storing and Preparing Broccoli
Broccoli Healthy Benefits
Broccoli is as an incredibly healthy vegetable, often referred to as a "superfood" for providing:
- Soluble dietary fiber that reduces the risk of heart disease
- Compounds shown to reduce the risk of cancer
- Huge servings of Vitamins C and K
- Potassium and Calcium that keep bones healthy
- Infection-fighting antioxidants (Broccoli has been shown to be at least as effective as prescription medications at preventing peptic ulcers.)
How To Properly Store and Prepare Broccoli
Broccoli properly will preserve the quality and taste of the vegetable, while ensuring that you get the full benefit of broccoli's wholesome attributes.
- Do not wash your broccoli until you are preparing it for eating. Like all members of the cabbage family, broccoli is naturally coated in a waxy film that protects it from decay.
- Do not seal up in plastic with no ventilation. Otherwise, decay-causing moisture will build up and shorten the life of your vegetables.
- Do not store broccoli with sweet fruits (including tomatoes) because they tend to release ethylene gas which expedites the ripening process causing your broccoli to become ugly, brown, and inedible.
Preparing broccoli is very simple, just clean it and cook to your preferred tenderness. However, to get the most out of broccoli's healing properties it is best not to boil. Boiling tends to sap the healthy compounds and antioxidants that make this such a remarkable vegetable. When possible, steam, stir-fry, or even microwave your broccoli instead. And, remember, broccoli is just as delicious and even more nutritious when it is fresh, crunchy, and raw.
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