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Broccoli Florets

Broccoli florets are the tightly-packed, budding head portions of the cruciferous vegetable, broccoli. Highly regarded for its nutritional benefits, broccoli is a versatile ingredient that can be cooked in a variety of ways, making it a staple in kitchens around the world. Rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants, broccoli florets can support a healthy diet and contribute to overall well-being. Commonly enjoyed when steamed, roasted, or stir-fried, broccoli florets retain their vibrant green color and tender-crisp texture when cooked properly. They can be incorporated into various dishes, such as salads, pasta, and casseroles, or simply seasoned and served as a delectable side dish.
#13
IN FRESH VEGETABLES
35
CAL / 100G
$0.19
AVG / OZ
broccoli florets
57%
CARBS
0%
FAT
43%
PROTEIN
Broccoli Florets FAQ
Cooking with broccoli florets can be a breeze if the right techniques are applied. Stir frying, steaming or roasting are the most common methods, but many people face difficulties in retaining its vibrant green color and fresh crunch. Over cooking is where most people go wrong, causing the broccoli to become mushy and lose its essential nutrients. To get the most out of the ingredient, broccoli florets should be cooked just until they're tender-crisp. For a nutritional boost, use the cooking water in soups and sauces, it contains some precious vitamins. It's lesser known that broccoli florets can also be utilized in smoothies or as a pizza topping for that extra crunch. Parboiling and then freezing the broccoli florets can help retain the freshness longer.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does broccoli florets expire?
Fresh broccoli florets, when kept in the fridge, will typically stay fresh for about 1 to 2 weeks. After that period, the vegetable begins to lose its nutritional quality and taste. Unopened, pre-cut and pre-washed bagged broccoli florets will generally stay fresh up until the 'Use By' date printed on the bag - usually 1 to 2 weeks after purchase. If you happen to freeze your broccoli florets, they will last in the freezer for up to 12 months. Once the bag of frozen broccoli is opened, it's advised to utilize within 1 month.
How do you tell if broccoli florets is bad?
Spoiled broccoli florets will become soft and limp. They also may develop a slimy texture, which is a sure sign of bacterial growth. A bad smell is another indicator of spoilage. If your brocolli florets have darkened in color, this could also be a sign of decay. If you notice any of these signs, discard the broccoli as it is no longer safe to consume. When checking your frozen broccoli, look for excessive ice crystals, this could be freezer burn, which can degrade the quality and taste bad.
Tips for storing broccoli florets to extend shelf life
• Store fresh broccoli in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator to extend its freshness. To prevent excess moisture accelerating spoilage, do not wash the broccoli until just before you plan to use it. • For long-term storage, blanch the broccoli florets - which means briefly submerging in boiling water and then cooling quickly in ice water before draining it well - this can help retain nutrients and texture before freezing it in airtight containers or freezer bags. • Label your container or bag with the date of freezing, so you can track its storage life.
EXPIRES WITHIN
8 - 20
DAYS
Equivalents
Health Info
Macros
4g
CARBS
0g
FAT
3g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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