Broccoli Florets

Broccoli Florets Broccoli florets are an important and healthy snack that offers vital nutrients for your body. Broccoli is an important source of the vitamins K, C, and A, as well as folate and fiber. Broccoli is a very excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and the vitamins B6 and E.

Available year round, broccoli is a delicious cool-weather vegetable, and its flavor is best from late fall through early spring. Warm-weather broccoli is less tender, lacks the flavor and bright green color of broccoli grown in cooler months. To choose broccoli, you should choose for firm stalks and firm, tightly bunched heads. Tiny yellow buds on the head signal that broccoli is over the hill. Also, catch a bunch up to your nose and breathe deeply. If it has an odor, leave it behind.

If you wish more beta-carotene then choose broccoli with darker tops and a purplish hue. Don't worry as the purple tinge will turn to green when the vegetable is cooked. Beta-carotene, which the body converts to antioxidant vitamin A, has been linked to lower rates of heart attack and lower rates of cataract and given cancers.

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