- Broccoli is a plant of the cabbage family, Brassicaceae, formerly known as Cruciferae. It is classified as part of the Brassica oleracea Italica Group and is related to cabbage, cauliflower, kale, collard greens and Brussels sprouts.
- Eventually, the vegetable was named brocco in Italian, meaning branch or arm. The word broccolo is the diminutive form of brocco and refers to cabbage sprout, while broccoli is plural and refers to the numerous flower-like shoots that form the head of the plant. In agricultural terms, it is often referred to as a cole crop, meaning that it is grown for the head it produces.
- People worldwide are eating over 940% more broccoli today than 25 years ago.
- Today, the average person in the United States eats 4.5 pounds of broccoli each year.
- Broccoli is one of the most popular garden vegetables to date, mostly because it is very easy to grow.
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