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Broccoli, the beloved green veggie, is here to steal the show! It’s time to dive into the wonderful world of this versatile and nutritious vegetable. Let’s get to know broccoli better:

History and Origin of Broccoli

Originating from Italy and making its way across the globe, broccoli has a rich history dating back centuries. This veggie belongs to the cool-kid crew of cruciferous vegetables, along with its buddies like cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. It’s a superstar in the nutrition department, offering a delicious and healthy addition to your plate. It was later introduced to other parts of Europe and the Americas.

Broccoli Class and Calories

Broccoli falls into the cruciferous vegetable gang, along with cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. It’s packed with goodness and low in calories.

Broccoli Nutrition

In a 100-gram serving, you get around 34 calories, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.6 grams of fiber. It’s a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.

Broccoli Seasonality by Continent and Month:

  • North America: Broccoli is typically in season from late spring to fall, with peak availability during the summer months.
  • Europe: Broccoli is also in season during the summer months, from June to September.
  • Australia: In Australia, broccoli is in season from autumn to spring, so that’s March to November.
  • Asia: Availability can vary across Asian countries, but broccoli is often available year-round in most places due to cultivation.


Broccoli Storage and Shelf Life

To keep your broccoli fresh, it’s best to store it unwashed in a sealed bag or container in the refrigerator. It should last for about a week. Just make sure to trim off any wilted leaves or tough parts before storing.


Substitutions in Soups: What You “Could Like”

No worries if you don’t have broccoli for your soup! There are plenty of delicious alternatives you can try. Here are some tasty options:

  • Cauliflower: This versatile veggie can easily take the place of broccoli. It has a similar texture and a mild, slightly nutty flavor. Just chop it up into florets and add it to your soup for a delightful substitute.
  • Brussels Sprouts: These little green gems may not be everyone’s favorite, but they can add a unique twist to your soup. They have a slightly bitter taste and a denser texture compared to broccoli. Simply slice them up or halve them and let them work their magic in your soup.
  • Asparagus: Looking for a veggie with a touch of elegance? Asparagus is a great option. While it won’t provide the same chunky texture as broccoli, it adds a lovely green color and a delicate flavor. Cut it into small pieces and add it towards the end of cooking to keep it tender-crisp.
  • Green Beans: Trusty green beans are a common sight in soups and can serve as a great replacement for broccoli. They’re crisp, flavorful, and provide a satisfying bite. Trim the ends and cut them into bite-sized pieces before tossing them into your soup.


Each of these substitutes brings its own unique taste and texture to the soup, so choose the one that suits your preferences. Get creative and enjoy your soup adventure with these delicious alternatives!

There you have it! Broccoli is a fantastic veggie to include in your meals, whether you’re stir-frying, roasting, or adding it to soups. It’s delicious and good for you, so enjoy experimenting with it in your favorite recipes!

Food Facts

  • Class Cruciferous
  • Calories 34 calories
  • Nutrients
  • Season Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Storage
  • Shelf life
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Carolyn Moncel

Carolyn Davenport-Moncel is a digital media and communication consultant, author, mother, contrarian, book, music and reformed veggie lover and Founder and Souper-in-Chief at Simply Souperlicious, a platform devoted to helping fans "fall back in love with veggies" -- one local, seasonal, soup recipe at a time. Follow her veggie and soup journey on social media @simplysouperlicious.

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