The broccoli or (Brasscia oleracea) is a variety of cabbage from southern Italy arrived in France thanks to Catherine de Medici.
This low-calorie vegetable has many health benefits and virtues.
- Vegetable garden: culture and maintenance of broccoli
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Broccoli and its health benefits
- Composed at 92% water, broccoli is very low energy but is full of mineral salts. It is of course recommended in a slimming diet.
- Broccoli comes in a very good position in the list of "anti-cancer foods " thanks to fibers and to antioxidants that it contains. It would particularly protect lower abdominal cancers (colon, uterus, bladder, stomach, prostate), provided you taste it raw or steamed.
- Very rich in provitamines A, broccoli has virtues antioxidant who fight against the formation of free radicals responsible for the aging of our cells.
- Regular consumption of broccoli would help prevent cardiovascular illnesses and degenerative by promoting fluidification of blood (vitamin K).
- In traditional Chinese medicinehe is considered a neutral food, that is to say, not unbalancing.
25 kcal / 100 g. Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, B9, E, K, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, potassium, fiber and beta-carotene.
Grow broccoli for its benefits
Broccoli is the most popular cabbage species easy to cultivate and which requires very little care during all its growth. For optimal development, broccoli needs a rich, fresh and well-drained soil. It must be exposed to sun or partial shade. Be careful though stagnant humidity in winter.
Planted in a rich soil and watered regularly, broccoli can grow in pots 30 cm high. Be careful not to put your broccoli near other varieties of cabbage: they do not appreciate each other!
Vegetable garden: culture and maintenance of broccoli
Broccoli in the kitchen
We consume them blanched broccoli boiling water in small bunches (without the foot), then boiled or steamed, sautéed, braised or au gratin. They are also tasty raw with a well-seasoned sauce. Also test thebroccoli soup: embellished with a little cream, it's a real treat!
Note that broccoli is quite digestible, which is not the case for most components of the cabbage family...
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