baby broccoli


Definition of baby broccoli

: a green vegetable plant that is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli and produces long, thin, tender stems and loose clusters of yellow florets Baby broccoli has thinner stems than regular broccoli and long, feathery flowers that cook up nicely in this mixed-rice risotto.— Martha Rose Shulman, New York Times, 4 Sept. 2012

Note: Baby broccoli is often sold under the trademark Broccolini.

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Baby broccoli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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