Wonderful Facts about Broccoli you need to know About

-Broccoli originated in Italy, where it was developed from wild cabbage and has existed since about sixth century B.C.

-The Italian name for broccoli is “broccolo,” meaning the flowering top of a cabbage. The word comes from the Latin word “brachium,” which means branch or arm, a reflection of the vegetable’s treelike shape.

-The plant came to France in 1560. Until the early 1700s, broccoli was still not widely known in England and was called “sprout colli-flower” or “Italian asparagus.”

-Thomas Jefferson was a fan of broccoli and imported broccoli seeds from Italy, planting them at his home, Monticello, as early as May 1767.

A Broccoli Farm
A Broccoli Farm

-Another president, George H.W. Bush, was not a fan. He used his distaste for broccoli as a punch line in dozens of speeches. He once said, “I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid, and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” In response, broccoli growers sent 10 tons of the vegetable to the White House.

-In 2013, President Barack Obama announced that broccoli was his favorite food.

-California produces 90 percent of the broccoli grown in the United States.

-Vegetables related to broccoli are broccolini, a mix between broccoli and “gai-lin” (Chinese broccoli), and broccoflower, a cross between broccoli and cauliflower.

-The average American eats over 4 lbs. of broccoli a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

-The world record for eating broccoli is held by Tom “Broccoli” Landers. It took him just 92 seconds to eat a full pound of the vegetable. His secret: “Just swallow, don’t bother to chew.”

-The United States is the world’s third largest producer of broccoli. China, the top producer, grows over 8 million tons of the vegetable a year.

(Sources: MindBodyGreen.com, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

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