Not only is broccoli essential for the establishment and maintenance of healthy cellular activity, but it also aids in the following ways:
If you plant a garden, I found this article to be of significant help in knowing when and how to plant broccoli. If you don’t, then make sure you are buying organic broccoli whenever possible. Most supermarkets these days have an organic section, but if your store doesn’t, or they don’t stock broccoli yet, your local Farmer’s Market (if you have one) is always a great place to try.
Also – though broccoli is available all year long, the peak season for zones north of the equator is from October to April, which means the broccoli you find in stores during the summer will most likely have been grown overseas or in a greenhouse.
Now, if all of that sounds good to you, then keep this in mind, the less you do to broccoli before eating it, the better. In fact, the best way to consume it is to eat it raw. If you purchase organic broccoli, all you need to do is rinse it with clean, cold water, then chop it up and enjoy. If you can’t find organic broccoli, or if you can’t grow your own, then make sure you properly clean the broccoli to remove any lingering pesticides or herbicides. Here’s a link on how to properly wash your produce.
If you’re link me and don’t feel that a plain, cold water rinse is enough, then try soaking the produce in a sink filled with 90% water and 10% white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. After soaking, make sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water, then wrap loosely with paper towels and store in the fridge.
Make sure to use your broccoli as soon after you’ve purchased it as you can, as the health benefits and quality of the produce will not last for long.
That’s it for today’s post! Come back tomorrow to see the recipe ideas I have waiting for you!