Fun Food Facts
Broccoli received it’s name from the Italian word “brocco”, which means arm or branch. Broccoli is part of the cruciferous family, which also includes cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes. When you eat broccoli, you’re actually eating the flowered portion of the vegetable.
Broccoli was brought to the U.S. by Italian immigrants, but didn’t become popular until the 1920’s. Now, it’s a summer crop in California and a winter crop in Arizona, making fresh broccoli available year around!