Buying and Keeping It
How to choose and cook Broccoli:
- Look for broccoli with bright green heads,
- Prefer compact clusters of the broccoli florets. The more open the florets, the older and closer to flowering the florets are
- Choose firm, strong stems and stalks. If the stem seems woody, do not buy it,
- Avoid purchasing broccoli with yellow flowers. It has gone past the stage of desirable texture. However, if your own broccoli has flowered, it will still work in soup or as stock flavouring
How to store: Refrigerate unwashed broccoli in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer.
Shelf life: Broccoli will stay fresh for up to five days.
Broccoli almondine: Toss steamed broccoli with butter and fresh lemon juice; sprinkle with toasted sliced almonds. the EASIEST (and most delicious) way to serve steamed broccoli, perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.