Peak season for broccoli
is October through April, but happily, it's available all year.
The origin of broccoli
is thought to be in the Mediterranean Sea, as a result of careful breeding of cultivated brassica crops.
has been touted as an important part of a healthy diet for nearly 50 years it wasn't until the 1990s when sprouts were determined to have potential additional benefits.
In that super food, glucosinolates (GSs) and the substances that are left when GSs are broken down can boost the levels of a broccoli
enzyme that helps rid the body of carcinogens.
The researchers tested three commercially frozen samples of broccoli
both before and after cooking them.
Most folks think early broccoli
cultivation occurred around 600 B.
The powder, an external source of myrosinase, was added to the frozen broccoli
immediately before it was thawed.
What we really want to do is combine these higher levels of lutein from the wild-type with all of the Other characteristics that people want from broccoli
such as a nice big head.
SALAD 2 bunches fresh broccoli
, cut and soaked for 2 hours in cold water and drained 1/2 cup each raisins & pecans 8-10 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled DRESSING: 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons white vinegar
The new broccoli
was specially grown to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin, a nutrient believed to help ward off heart disease.
In the study, when fresh broccoli
sprouts were eaten with broccoli
powder scientists could measure bioactive compounds - compounds found naturally in food that have a health benefit beyond basic nutrition - in the blood 30 minutes later.
News of a strong summer crop for purple sprouting broccoli
comes after last winter's crop was destroyed by November frosts, leading to widespread shortages.