broccoli; photo by Edwin Remsberg, USDAChoose: Compact, firm cluster of flower buds that have not opened.

Store: Broccoli should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, and is best if used within 3 – 5 days.

How to use: Wash well and remove tough stems. To cook, boil or steam for about 9 -12 minutes. Do not overcook.


Ways of Using Broccoli Stalks

Peel stalks by inserting a small, sharp knife under the skin and pull down. Here are a few ideas to use broccoli stalks.

  1. Slice peeled stalks into sticks or circles to be added to soups, stews or stir-fries.
  2. Slice peeled stalks can also be added to a vegetable platter with dip.

For more recipes and nutrition and preparation information, see Broccoli and Cauliflower, Bulletin #4177. Part of UMaine Extension’s Vegetables and Fruits for Health series.