Brassica oleracea variety Italica is a kind of cabbage from the mustard family (Brassicaceae) that is grown for its delicious blossom buds and stem. Broccoli is a healthy vegetable that is high in dietary fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and K. It may be eaten raw or cooked. Broccoli should be dark green, with sturdy stems and compact bud clusters when purchased fresh.
Broccoli is a short-lived annual plant that grows to a height of 60–90 cm (24–35 inches). Broccoli is a tall, branched plant with leathery leaves that bear thick green flower buds at the ends of the central axis and branches. If left unharvested, the buds develop four-petaled yellow flowers and silique fruits (a dry capsule). Broccoli grows well in temperate to chilly areas and is reproduced by seeds put directly in the field or plant beds for transplanting. Depending on the cultivar and season, the heads, or florets, are ready to harvest in 60 to 150 days.
Sautéed Asian Broccoli
This dish is a simple and quick way to give broccoli an Asian twist. While the broccoli stems, make a simple sauce using soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the sauce until the broccoli is thoroughly covered, then top with sesame seeds.
- a half-pound of broccoli
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 teaspoons water plus 1/4 cup
- a third of a cup of soy sauce
- cornstarch, 1 tablespoon
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
- a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 3 freshly sliced medium garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, roasted
Broccoli stem ends should be trimmed to around 1 inch. Peel the woody outer layer of the stalks away using a vegetable peeler. Broccoli, stem, and florets removed, should be halved lengthwise. Cut lengthwise through the stem and florets into 1/2-inch-wide pieces, turning the pieces cut-side down. Set aside the portions that have been cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces.
In a large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil until it shimmers over medium-high heat. Stir in the broccoli to evenly distribute the oil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid after adding 3 tablespoons of water. Cook for approximately 3 minutes, or until the broccoli is crisp-tender.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup water, soy sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and red pepper flakes; set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic to the frying pan, stirring to mix, for approximately 1 minute, or until fragrant.
Turn off the heat in the pan. Return the sauce to the pan after whisking it. Stir for 1 minute, or until the sauce thickens and coats the broccoli. Serve immediately after adding the sesame seeds.
We hope you make the best use of this broccoli preparation and enhance your health the right way. As you may know, broccoli is a critical component of any diet plan and this concept would be of help in preparing for your diet.