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Let us share some information with you about this extremely healthy vegetable:

Origin and characteristics

Broccoli belongs to the same family than the cauliflower, the Brussels sprouts and the cabbage. This plant normally presents a strong green colour and the texture is quite tender once cooked.

The origin of this vegetable has been placed in Asia. However, broccoli was introduced to many other countries over time and this vegetable has become very popular, to the point where countries like Italy and America consider broccoli their preferred vegetable.

Season

Broccoli can be found and consumed all year-round.

Benefits

There are a number of health benefits associated with eating broccoli. This vegetable can be considered like one of the healthiest foods that humans can eat:

  • Broccoli should be the first food on your list when planning a detox diet. The combination of four different nutrients is ideal for the detoxification of the body.
  • For those who are looking for foods high in protein, broccoli is the perfect source and not only that but also low in calories.
  • This vegetable is also high in potassium, to assist with high blood pressure; vitamin C, promoting the assimilation of iron; calcium, necessary to promote strong bones; and fiber, great to lower cholesterol and promote ideal digestion.
  • For those worry about the healthy look of their skin, this is the vegetable to it!

Cooking

If you are looking at benefiting from all the health values of this vegetable, steaming broccoli should be your first option. All vitamins and nutrients will be kept and you will be able to enjoy its flavour to the fullest.

Try this quick and easy recipe! Steam the broccoli for 5 or 6 minutes, or until tender enough to pierce the broccoli stalks with the use of a fork.  Once ready, drizzle olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sprinkle some sesame seeds to garnish.

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