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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Vegetables: Prepare a batch of roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, fennel, and so on, but also add in some chopped, shredded, or thinly-sliced raw veggies. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper to taste. Gina Homolka And Heather K. Jones, Woman's Day, "Pesce Primavera," 19 Sep. 2018 Consider drinks such as Daily Green Purity, which includes kale, cucumber, parsley, broccoli, celery, lemon and basil — and 9 grams of sugars in a 12-ounce bottle. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018 Roast until broccoli is golden brown and tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Broccoli–Artichoke Dip," 21 Dec. 2018 The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 Up in Ubud, near the top of the broccoli stem, the Dutch chef Eelke Plasmeijer and his Indonesian partner, Ray Adriansyah, own and operate the restaurant Locavore, which earns a regular slot on the World’s 50 Best. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 For Tolentino, the top hormone-supportive foods are cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, and fermented foods like kimchi. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Every 20-Something Should Know More About Their Hormones—and Their Body," 25 Oct. 2018 While president, the elder Bush famously declared his dislike of broccoli. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell," 5 Dec. 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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