Thursday, June 30, 2011

Produce 101 - Broccoli

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Produce 101 - Brocolli

Picking the best
Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and a first cousin of the cauliflower in which they are both served practically the same way. When selecting broccoli look for plenty of green coloring of the heads as well as the leaves and stems. Size of heads may vary but this bears no relation to the eating quality. Broccoli floret buds should be dark green or purplish-green with tight and compact buds. The more yellow the floret the less desirable and fresh the broccoli is.

Refrigerate broccoli in an open plastic bag unwashed to maintain freshness. Broccoli will last up to four days refrigerated and unwashed, wash broccoli only when ready to be prepared


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