1.  Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family.  (Here’s a tasty broccoli-artichoke dip recipe – http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/hot-broccoli-artichoke-dip/)

2.  It’s not fond of very hot weather and does better in cool weather (64-73 degree) climates.  (A white pizza with broccoli and mushrooms recipe is at http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/white-pizza-with-broccoli-and-mushrooms/)

3.  The most common type of broccoli is Calabrese broccoli, named after the Calabria region of Italy.  (Add a broccoli pesto to your Italian dishes – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/health/nutrition/18recipehealth.html?ref=broccoli)

4.  Want vitamin C and fiber?  Broccoli’s got ‘em. (Try broccoli gratin with  red peppers aned parmesan – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/health/nutrition/07recipehealth.html?ref=broccoli)

5.  It’s also got a lot of lutein, which is thought by some to be good for the eyes. (Add some ginger to broccoli with the quick and easy for beginners recipe – http://www.food.com/recipe/ginger-broccoli-82896)

6.  Eating lots of broccoli is thought to lower the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease.  (Mayo Clinic has a heart-healthy broccoli-cheddar bake recipe at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-recipes/NU00474)

7.  Boiling tends to reduce the health benefits, so stir-frying, steaming, or eating raw are better alternatives.  (The following chilled broccoli-cheddar salad makes good use of raw broccoli – http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/broccoli-cheddar-salad-with-toasted-pumpkin-seeds/)

8.  The kaempferol in broccoli may, some believe, reduce some allergy risks.  (Soup fans should try this broccoli-cheese chowder recipe – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/broccoli_cheese_chowder.html)

9.  Broccoli was introduced to England in the 1700s.  (Sample this lemon and garlic broccoli in a quick-to-fix recipe – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-lemon-and-garlic-broccoli/detail.aspx)

10.  Broccoli consumption has increased more than 900% over the past 25 years.  (We’ll end with a recipe for broccoli with carmelized onions and pine nuts – http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/broccoli_with_caramelized_onions_pine_nuts.html)

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