broccoli

noun
broc·​co·​li | \ˈbrä-kə-lē, ˈbrä-klē\

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 head

b : the stems and immature florets of broccoli used as food

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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.

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Carrots, onions, beans, squash and broccoli will follow in turn. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s Franciscan Center to farm land in Howard County to help feed the city’s poor," 1 May 2018 Roast, turning once, until edges begin to brown and broccoli is tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Sunset, "Warm Broccoli and Spinach with Cashew Cream," 22 Jan. 2018 Creamy new-crop potatoes deserve a little appreciation before they’re sent off to root cellars, and Mr. Hardy built a fine appetizer around them with leggy broccoli sprouts and melting chunks of fresh mozzarella spiked with anchovy. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Default ingredients include soft potato wedges that absorb the sauce, as well as broccoli, celery, cauliflower, soybean sprouts, and bright red chiles with cilantro and sesame seeds. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 Good examples include beets, berries, tomatoes, cherries, cauliflower, broccoli, onions and garlic. Maria Conley, Detroit Free Press, "Inflammation and your diet: What’s the connection?," 4 June 2018 My kids will eat an entire head of broccoli prepared this way, and I’ve been known to do that, too. Abby Langer, SELF, "Here's What a Registered Dietitian Eats When She Doesn't Meal Prep," 25 May 2018 Since broccoli is a winter vegetable, it's built to withstand colder temperatures, and warmer temperatures can lead to its untimely demise. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of broccoli

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for broccoli

Italian, plural of broccolo flowering top of a cabbage, diminutive of brocco small nail, sprout

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broccoli

noun
broc·​co·​li | \ˈbrä-kə-lē, ˈbrä-klē\

Kids Definition of broccoli

: a vegetable that has green stalks and green or purplish clustered flower buds

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