December 2, 2008

You Ask, I Answer: Broccoli

Is it true that all the nutrition in broccoli is only contained in the florets and that the stalks are nutritionally equivalent to iceberg lettuce?

-- Paul Dwilin

Boston, MA

Insert loud buzzer sound HERE.

That is 100 percent incorrect.

Although broccoli florets house most of the vegetable's phytochemicals and antioxidants, the stalks make their fair share of contributions.

That's where you'll find higher concentrations of vitamin C, fiber, and folate.

Always aim to use as much of a fruit or vegetable as you can. This means eating apple peels, sweet potato skins, and broccoli stalks!

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Great post! I always chop up the stalks of broccoli and add them to stir fries - they stand up very well against the heat and have such a nice mild flavor. Mom always taught me to eat alll parts of a vegetable. :)