Broccoli and Broccoli Hybrids

Types of Broccoli and Broccoli Hybrids

Selection and storage

Broccoli belongs to the Brassica family, along with brussel sprouts and cabbage. Hybrid types of broccoli include broccolini and broccoflower (a cross between broccoli and cauliflower). Select firm and green broccoli and broccoli hybrids with densely packed heads. Keep broccoli in an open or perforated plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

Availability

Broccoli and broccolini are available all year round. Peak season is autumn- winter.

Using

Broccoli and broccolini can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, stirfried or braised. Broccoli and broccoli hybrids are good with pasta, eggs, nuts, chilli and cheese.

Nutrition Information

Broccoli and broccoli hybrids are an excellent source of vitamins C, K and A as well as a good source of folate, B6 and manganese.

Broccoli

Broccoli is best when the heads are tightly packed and blue/green in colour. Avoid open or yellowing heads. To ensure optimum flavour and nutrition do not overcook.

 

Broccolini

This hybrid of broccoli and Chinese Kale was developed in Australia. This tender delicious vegetable has thin asparagus like stems and mini broccoli heads. Cook briefly.

Broccoflower

A hybrid of broccoli and cauliflower. Broccoflower has a slightly sweet mild flavour. Resembling a green cauliflower they can be cooked in the same ways.  Look for unmarked florets that are tightly packed. Available April-August.