Can you eat broccoli stalks?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the question, can you eat broccoli stalk? We will also discuss the nutritional value of broccoli along with its health benefits. We will also learn how to grow your organic broccoli at home and what are the benefits of doing this.

Can you eat broccoli stalks?

Yes, broccoli stalks can be eaten as they are as nutritious as the broccoli itself. Broccoli is being used as a major part of plant diet overall the world. People are using whole broccoli in their smoothies and main courses.

Is there any nutritional value in broccoli?

Broccoli is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that are proven to aid in the normal functioning of the body. Every other green vegetable broccoli also contains antioxidants and several other nutrients. Broccoli stalk and broccoli head both contain the same nutrients in them.

Broccoli contains the following nutrients. Almost 90 % of broccoli stalk is composed of water.  According to the USDA, 100 g of raw broccoli has the following nutritional value.

Nutrient  Value 
Energy 39 kcal 
Carbohydrates 6.2 g
Fats 0.07 g
Protein 2.5 g
Calcium 46 mg
Magnesium 21 mg
Phosphorous 67 mg
Potassium 303 mg
Vitamin C 91 mg
Vitamin A8 µg
Folate 65 µg
Vitamin K102 µg
Water 90 g
Fibres 2.4 g

Normally it is hard to cook broccoli stalk as it is firm and hard as compared to the broccoli head. Some people waste the broccoli stalk due to this fact but it is so full of nutrients that it should not be wasted.

How does broccoli stalk provide its health benefits?

  • Broccoli along with a rich source of vitamins and minerals it also contains flavonoids and other phytochemicals. Glucosinolates are the most abundant phytochemicals present in broccoli. 
  • Broccoli stalk contains certain heat-sensitive compounds that are destroyed when broccoli stalk is cooked at a high temperature. This suggests that you should cook it at lower temperatures or use a stir-frying or baking method to cook the broccoli stalk (these methods do not let broccoli overcook).
  • Eating broccoli stalks helps in improving bone health. Broccoli stalk contains Vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus. These nutrients help in the formation of strong bones and teeth. Vitamin C also helps in improving your skin, that’s why nutritionists recommend you to take green vegetables to improve your skin.
  • Most of the work is done on the anti-cancerous properties of broccoli. The phytochemicals and vitamins present in broccoli act as antioxidants and destroy the free radicals in the human body. 
  • Broccoli is a rich source of folate. Folate helps in the growth and formation of DNA and blood cells along with the body tissues. The main function of folate in the prevention of neural tube birth defects in newborn children.
  • Broccoli stalks contain a good amount of fibres in them. It helps with constipation and maintains heart health.
  • Broccoli is used in abundance in detox smoothies and drinks. The antioxidants and vitamins present in it are responsible for the detoxification of toxic compounds from the body.
  • The presence of potassium in the broccoli stalk helps in muscle building. It helps in maintaining normal blood pressure. Potassium-rich foods are recommended to eat for people who are suffering from hypertension or heart problems.
  • Broccoli is a good source of vitamin K. 100 g of broccoli contains 102 mcg of vitamin K in it. The presence of vitamin K helps with blood clotting. But there is a downside to using broccoli in larger quantities: the vitamin K present in it interacts with certain blood thinners and averts their function.
  • Broccoli is being used in low-fat dishes as it contains almost no fats in it. It is perfect for people who are willing to lose weight and also do not want their bodies to be deprived of essential nutrients.

What are the benefits of growing your own broccoli at home?

Like all other green vegetables that are not grown organically broccoli if not grown organically entraps the chemicals and pesticides used in its cultivation. These chemicals provide harmful effects on the health even if their trace amounts are consumed. 

It is very easy to grow your own broccoli at home. You just need to have a good space like big pots in which you can grow your broccoli. You can place these pots on your lawn or balcony. Broccoli is matured in low temperatures. It is cultivated at the end of the summer when the temperature lowers between 4 to 20 °C.

  • When you are eating homegrown broccoli it means you are avoiding the chemicals that are present in store-bought vegetables.
  • It is cost-effective to make a kitchen garden at home from where you can have your own organic vegetables.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we discussed the question, can you eat broccoli stalk? We also discussed the nutritional value of broccoli along with its health benefits. We also learned how to grow your organic broccoli at home and what are the benefits of doing this.

References 

https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/747447/nutrients
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11101-008-9106-4
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691511004364?casa_token=NxGIVEpblFkAAAAA:3EwhYitgL4TYyJRe766J1kBySJKE5pnXWNopmF-ISFuMFr3nrYNL7OW4Ho7CyvJv0N0E6WFNCahe#t0005