broccoli

noun
broc·​co·​li | \ ˈbrä-kə-lē How to pronounce broccoli (audio) , 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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Spicy dishes and gassy foods (such as broccoli or cauliflower) are often avoided, but are actually A-OK to enjoy, per Korean research. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Best Breastfeeding Diet," 25 Feb. 2019 Rabbits love to munch on everything from broccoli and beans to pansies and petunias. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "How to Keep Rabbits Out of Your Garden," 30 Jan. 2019 Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018 Look at it this way: 400 calories of soda is not going to be as filling or nourishing as a 400-calorie bowl of quinoa, broccoli and chicken. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What a nutritionist wants you to know about the new calorie counts on menus," 8 May 2018 At dinner, Kinnaird and her husband usually do a simple protein like chicken, fish, or shrimp with salad or a non-starchy veggie like broccoli or cauliflower. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 Customers will find most items cook rapidly and can be pulled from the hotpot in a couple of minutes, but a few harder items like broccoli and lotus root may need to be returned to the hotpot. Frank Cohen, courant.com, "Han Restaurant, Hartford," 23 Feb. 2018 Bake until broccoli is golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli and Lemony Ricotta Flatbread," 15 Feb. 2019 Among her father's favorites were oyster dressing, lasagna, and broccoli and cheese rice casserole. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Sergio 'Ms. Okra' Robinson keeps New Orleans street peddling tradition rolling," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce broccoli (audio) , ˈbrä-klē\

Kids Definition of broccoli

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

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