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How should I select fresh broccoli?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Broccoli should be deep sage, dark green, or purplish green depending on the variety. The stalks and stems should be firm. Yellowed or wilted leaves indicate loss of much of the nutritional value. Avoid wilted, soft, and noticeably aged broccoli.

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Look for broccoli heads that are tight, firm, and dark green in color. Look at the bottom of the stalks to make sure they are not discolored. If the heads look yellowish that is an indication that the broccoli is no longer fresh. Once selected, store it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator drawer.

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