Can you eat broccoli when it flowers?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question: “Can you eat broccoli when it flowers?” We will also discuss when it is the best time to harvest your broccoli, what is the origin of broccoli, the benefits or harm caused by the ingestion of a blossom broccoli and what are the different ways you can eat broccoli when it flowers.  

Can you eat broccoli when it flowers?

Yes, you can eat broccoli when it flowers, but it has less nutrients than regular broccoli. Broccoli is in botanic genus Brassica, which also includes cauliflowers and mustard. It is highly consumed all over the world and very advisable to children, since it has lots of health benefits and it is easy to find in the market or plant at home. 

When is it the best time to harvest your broccoli?

The best time to harvest your broccoli is when the plant is still totally in shades of green and it only has buds. That is the best option to consume because of the higher quantity of nutrients and also sell, since it has much more value when it does not have flowers. However, remember all broccoli (flowers, buds and leaves) are edible

The flowering process is completely natural in plants of Brassica genus, since it is a process of angiosperms. However, as the human body changes when pregnant, so the plant does, preparing to flowering and originate other fruits. All the energy goes into the new living creature, so the original plant loses its nutrients and good flavor substances.

What is the origin of broccoli?

Broccoli (species Brassica oleracea) is a human domesticated plant, which is a result of breeding landrace Brassica. That started to happen in the North Mediterranean approximately in the 6th century BCE, more specifically in Sicily, Italia. It is a close relative of cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and collard.

There are three main types of broccoli: calabrese broccoli, which is the most popular one with a large world distribution. It is an annual crop, being harvested in winter. There is sprouting broccoli, which has purple or white leaves and a large quantity of buds. And finally there is violet broccoli, which has purple leaves and grows in North America and Europe.

China and India are currently responsible for 73% of the worldwide production of broccoli, more specifically the calabrese one. The United States is the third biggest in broccoli production, with the state of California producing 92%. The broccoli buds can not be harvested with machines, only hand-harvested to avoid destroying the plants.    

What are the health benefits or harm caused by the ingestion of a blossom broccoli?

The health benefits caused by the ingestion of a blossom broccoli are less than the ones that come when you eat a regular broccoli. A broccoli with flowers has almost no nutrients, because all is used to grow new plants of broccoli. So, there is no harm caused when you ingest broccoli when it flowers, but there are also not many health benefits.

You should always prefer to eat green and non flowering broccoli, so you get more high quality nutrients. Broccoli is a great source of sulfur, which is essential to the structure of glutathione molecules. Glutathione helps to keep the integrity of the gut, so the digestion process becomes easier. 

Broccolis are rich in sulforaphane, which is a great antioxidant. Antioxidants fight against the main cause of stress in our cells: the oxidants, such as peroxides and hydroperoxides. Those substances can cause digestive issues, skin wrinkles, heart conditions and even cancer. So remember to keep your diet full of broccoli. 

Maybe the only nutritional source of a broccoli with flowers is the fibers, which are keeped even with the blossom process. Broccoli is one of the most fibrous vegetables, supporting your gut’s health and the microbiota present in that area, keeping your body active and also leading you to be more energetic during the day. 

 

What are the different ways you can eat broccoli when it flowers?

You can eat broccoli when it flowers in different ways. If it has only a few flowers, you can cut it out and eat normally. However, if it has lots of little flowers you may want to boiled the plant before eat it, so the taste become less bitter and you can use in different recipes.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question:“Can you eat broccoli when it flowers?” We also talked about when it is the best time to harvest your broccoli, what is the origin of broccoli, the benefits or harm caused by the ingestion of a blossom broccoli and what are the different ways you can eat broccoli when it flowers. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-broccoli
https://plantersplace.com/kitchen-garden/blooming-broccoli-is-edible/

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