Fun Facts about Broccoli

  • Broccoli was first introduced to the United States by Italian immigrants in the 1800s,  but did not become widely known until the 1920s.
  • The “head” of broccoli is actually a large flower head, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a thick, edible stalk.
  • Broccoli is a member of the same plant family as cabbage, kale and cauliflower.
  • The word broccoli, from the Italian plural of broccolo, refers to “the flowering top of a cabbage”.
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin C and vitamin K.
  • Broccoli can take from 50 to 100 days to mature.  The plants are usually about 2 feet wide and nearly 2 feet tall.  To harvest it, a knife is used to cut the stem.broccoli growing