April 5, 2024

Green Goodness: Fun Facts About Broccoli


Are you a fan of broccoli? Broccoli often gets a bad reputation, but when cooked well, it is one of the most delicious vegetables out there! We've gathered 7 fun facts about broccoli that may change your mind about this vegetable. Plus, we'll be sharing our favorite Crispy Roasted Broccoli Recipe.

Let's dive into the fun facts:

7 Fun Facts About Broccoli

1. Broccoli's Ancient Roots:

Broccoli's origins can be traced back to ancient Rome and it's believed to be a descendant of wild cabbage.

2. Nutrient Powerhouse:

It's a lean, mean, Vitamin C machine! There is 135% of the Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin C in just one cup of broccoli. That's as much Vitamin C as an orange. It's also rich in vitamins K, A, and fiber, making it a nutritional powerhouse that supports immune health, bone strength, and digestion.

3. Different Types of Broccoli

Broccoli comes in different varieties, including the familiar "calabrese" type with its dense green florets, as well as Romanesco broccoli with its fractal-like, spiral pattern.

4. Cool-Weather Crop:

Broccoli thrives in cooler temperatures and is commonly grown as a spring or fall crop.

5. Cancer fighter:

The compounds in broccoli, including sulforaphane, have been linked to potential cancer-fighting properties and other health benefits.

6. Color Variety:

While green is the most common color, broccoli also comes in purple and white varieties, each with its own unique flavor profiles.

7. Global Popularity:

Broccoli is consumed all over the world, from traditional Italian dishes to Asian stir-fries.

Crispy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

My favorite broccoli recipe is this amazing crispy roasted broccoli. Serve it as a side dish or make it a main course by serving it on a bed of rice topped with grilled chicken.


  • 24 ounces broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  • Place broccoli florets in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Add olive oil and garlic. Gently toss to combine.
  • Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until tender.
  • Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and lemon juice.

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