Ingredient of the Month: Broccoli

Did you know that broccoli was eaten by ancient Romans as early as the 6th Century BC? Discover more fun, food-for-thought broccoli facts.

10 Broccoli Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

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When it comes to eating a nutritious meal, you can count on broccoli as a true MVP in smart eating.

Commonly known as a “super veggie,” broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which are essential for positive living.

Broccoli is densely packed with vitamins, many of which support your body in maintaining proper health and functions.

Other than being greatly beneficial in maintaining a health-conscious diet, broccoli also has an interesting history and several fun facts, some of which you probably didn’t even know.

Learn more about this ingredient of the month and discover why broccoli is one of our favorite go-to veggies

1) A Founding Father Was a Big Broccoli Fan

Thomas Jefferson was such a big fan of broccoli he actually transplanted seeds from Italy, (where ancient Romans had once eaten broccoli as far back as the 6th Century BC), over to Monticello.

According to sources, he has written in his records that broccoli was planted on his land in May of 1767.

He loved broccoli so much, he needed to have it within close proximity to his personal kitchen.

2) The Nutrients in Broccoli May Improve Eyesight

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Remember when your parents would try to goad you into eating more carrots for better eyesight? They should have been talking about broccoli, too.

Broccoli contains beta-carotene and that’s then converted into vitamin A after consumption. A lack of vitamin A is linked to poor eyesight.

So if you want to improve your vision, consider looking into broccoli.

3) If You Can Correctly Spell “Broccoli,” You’re Ahead of Most People

The word “broccoli” is within the top ten most misspelled words in the English language, according to a 2009 survey. It was the 6th most commonly misspelled word.

If you’re curious: The number one misspelled word was “definitely,” followed by “sacrilegious.”

Thank goodness for spell check, right?

4) Broccoli Produced Many of the James Bond Films

Well, kind of.

  Image Source: James Bond

Image Source: James Bond

An American film producer named Albert R. Broccoli made the claim that his family invented broccoli. He also produced many of the beloved James Bonds films.

So if you love the Bond movies, you can thank the super-veggie broccoli for them!

5) Broccoli Belongs to the Family of Cruciferous Vegetables

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Broccoli is related to cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts—believe it or not, they’re basically the same vegetable!

Fun Fact: Broccolini is actually a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale.

6) It’s Basically a Flower

The head of broccoli is made up of itty-bitty flowers. Sometimes the head will sprout yellow flowers. But when broccoli is kept at the proper temperatures, it prevents the budding of these tiny flowers. Try wearing a broccoli corsage at prom.

7) Could Have Saved Many Pirates’ Lives

Broccoli is packed dense with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to prevent scurvy. In fact, one cup of cooked broccoli has about as much vitamin C as one whole orange.

So if a pirate’s life is for you, then consider packing some broccoli onto that ship!

8) Broccoli Can Curb Cravings

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If you’re making a goal for yourself to lose weight, you can consider adding broccoli to your diet.

Because broccoli is densely packed with fiber, it will make you feel satiated and full quicker.

Also, one cup of raw broccoli has only 31 calories.

9) You Can’t Sign Broccoli in ASL

In American Sign Language, there is no exact sign for broccoli.

If you want to communicate with someone in American Sign Language about your new favorite vegetable, then you have to spell it out.

But there is a sign for broccoli in Signed English, and you can learn it here.

10) California is a Powerhouse Grower for this Powerhouse Veggie

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If broccoli is indeed one of your favorite vegetables, then you can thank the state of California! California produces 90 percent of the broccoli that’s grown in the United States.

Curious about who grows the most broccoli in the world? China. China produces more than 8 million tons of broccoli, annually.

Reading these food-for-thought facts on broccoli probably inspired a craving for food-for-dinner choices.

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(Source: HealthLine)