Closely related to cauliflower broccoli has been dubbed ‘the crown jewel of nutrition’ because of its potent combination of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural ‘broccolo’ meaning ‘the flowering crest of cabbage’, they have dark green flowing tops and thick, light green stems.
They were first introduced in the US in the 1700s where Thomas Jefferson experimented cultivating them. Although it wasn’t until the 1920s that commercial cultivation began in the US. Furthermore, it wasn’t until after world war II that it became a significant commercial crop.