Broccoli Fun Facts by sandymcKelvey

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Broccoli Surprise!
                                                                             Brassica oleracea italica

How did Broccoli get its name?
                                                                                 A Taste of Broccoli History
The word "broccoli" comes from the Italian
                                                                               Broccoli has been around for thousands
"broccolo," the diminutive of "brocco", meaning
                                                                               of years. It is native to the Mediterranean.
"branch, shoot or stalk."                                                      It is believed that the ancient Etruscans,
                                                                               who lived long before the Romans in
                                                                               what is now Italy cultivated it from a
                                                                               species of cabbage. Americans have
                         Just the Facts                                        grown it in their gardens for about 200
                                                                               years.
   • Broccoli is part of the cabbage family.
                                                                               In 1923, the D’Arrigo Brothers Company
   • Broccoli is picked just before the unopened buds turn
   into yellow flowers.                                                        made a trial commercial planting of
                                                                               Italian broccoli in California. A few crates
   • We eat the unopened flower buds and stems of the
                                                                               were sent to Boston and by 1925 the
   plant.
                                                                               broccoli market was established.
   • There is more Vitamin C in one cup of broccoli than in
   one cup of orange juice.
   • Broccoli has as much calcium ounce per ounce as milk.                     Did you know Thomas
   • People who eat a lot of broccoli greatly reduce their                     Jefferson planted broccoli in his
   risk of getting many types of cancer.
                                                                               garden in Monticello!

Take a Poll                                                                    Broccoli joke
How many kids in your class like broccoli?                                     Why does broccoli always win the race?
                                                                               Because he knows how to get a-head.
Sources:

http://groovyvegetarian.com/2007/11/10/10-fun-facts-about-broccoli/
http://www.msde.maryland.gov/NR/rdonlyres/3DE1552A-7CD1-48C1-B0C5-569F27B6B958/6238/1Broccoli.pdf
http://www.foodreference.com/html/artbroccoli.html
http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/41726

								
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