History and Facts:
The word broccoli comes from the Italian brocco meaning arm or branch. Americans have grown broccoli in their gardens for 200 years, but little was known about this vegetable until the 1920's when the first commercially produced broccoli was grown and harvested in Brooklyn, New York.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable which provides vitamin A or beta carotene. A serving of broccoli, or one medium spear, has 40 calories and more than double the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Broccoli also provides an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Broccoli should be stored at a temperature of 32 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 95 to 100 percent. Typically, shelf life lasts 10 to 14 days when the broccoli is bunched.
November through May