How wonderful it is to harvest in the sunshine! This week we are featuring an item that many of you may never have had the opportunity to try before…Broccoli Leaves. Yes, Broccoli Leaves are edible and quite nutritious to boot. According to Nutrition Data, they are a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese.
Six great ways to cook broccoli greens:
Stir fry with or without other vegetables. Season with garlic, lemon
juice and olive oil. Or, stir fry in sesame oil with ginger and garlic,
splash with soy sauce or Ponzu, and add toasted sesame seeds on top.
Roast them. They get crunchy and delicious this way. Toss with olive oil and roast
at 350 until brown.
3. Steam them. Toss with garlic salt and herbs and drizzle with olive oil (try mushroom infused or Meyer lemon!)
4. Put them in soups whenever chard or kale is asked for.
5. Put them in quiches or omelets. (For these, I take the stems off and either blanch them first or stir fry them).
You can take the raw leaves (remove tough stems first) and put them in a
really good blender (like the VitaMix) with the fixings for a smoothie
and your kids will never know they are eating greens!