Broccoli evolved from a wild cabbage plant in Europe, and was introduced to the U.S. by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. (Read more on Wikipedia.)
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, and one of the best vegetable sources of calcium. It is also well known for containing many phytonutrients found to have anti-cancer properties. One such phytonutrient is called sulforaphane, which researchers have found can stop cells from turning cancerous. (Read more about broccoli's health benefits on Phytochemicals.info and check out the American Institute for Cancer Research's "A Closer Look at Phytochemicals".)
Refrigerate unwashed broccoli in plastic bag.
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