Definition of broccoli
1 chiefly British : a large hardy cauliflower
2a : either of two garden vegetable plants closely related to the cabbage: (1) : one with a thick central stem and a compact head of dense usually green florets that is classified with the cauliflower (2) : one (Brassica oleracea italica) with slender stems and usually green or purple florets not arranged in a central headb : the stems and immature florets of broccoli used as food
Recent Examples of broccoli from the Web
Risotto with broccoli is a visual mess that tastes fine; marcona-almond romesco and chorizo vinaigrette enliven tender grilled octopus.
Miang Kana Platoo grilled Florida mackerel in Chinese broccoli leaf wraps at Cake Thai.
Add them to the pan with the sausage and broccoli rabe.
They are being served broccoli, just not eating it.
The gardens are filled with lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, herbs and tomatoes — lots of tomatoes.
The fresh aroma of yuzu — a Japanese citrus fruit that smells almost like a cross between a lime and an orange — hangs over the bowl, which comes topped with fatty pork chashu and tender stalks of Chinese broccoli.
One of them is the strascinati, homemade sausage, broccoli and Montasio cheese.
Oatmeal, flaxseeds, eggs, sardines, broccoli, spinach, yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, whole grain toast and fresh fruit juices will leave you feeling satisfied and cheerful.
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Did You Know?
A fast-growing, upright, branched, annual plant, broccoli bears dense green clusters of edible flower buds. Native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, it was introduced to the US probably in colonial times. Broccoli thrives in moderate to cool climates. Its flavor resembles that of cabbage but is somewhat milder. It is one of the most broadly nutritious of all common vegetables and is a plant that is closely related to cabbage in the mustard family.
Origin and Etymology of broccoli
Italian, plural of broccolo flowering top of a cabbage, diminutive of brocco small nail, sprout
First Known Use: 1699See Words from the same year
BROCCOLI Defined for Kids
Definition of broccoli for Students
: a vegetable that has green stalks and green or purplish clustered flower buds
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