Broccoli is one of the most common vegetables that Canadian’s put on their plates. It can be found in almost every grocery store. But how much do you really know about this veggie?
Broccoli belongs to the cabbage family in plants. It is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the Brassica oleracea species. Before the 16th century, broccoli was mainly grown in Italy. Later on, it was brought to France with a royal marriage. It then spread over Europe and eventually gained its popularity worldwide.
In our province, Ontario, we have various types of broccoli such as Paragon, Cruiser, and Premium Crop. Amongst these three varieties, Paragon takes up about 70% of the broccoli grown in Ontario. Of course, there are many other varieties that are grown in different parts of the world.
As many of you may already know, broccoli is very good for our health. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, potassium, and fibre.
Today, because of its nutritional value and versatility in dishes, broccoli is included in many different cuisines across the world.