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What to Know Before Growing Broccoli

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Broccoli is a delicious vegetable packed with vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as vital minerals and powerful antioxidants
  • In addition to the popular large-head type, broccoli also comes in Romanesco and sprouting varieties, as well as broccoli raab, which is often featured in Asian and Italian cooking
  • Before you decide to cultivate broccoli, it’s important to understand the particular conditions — namely the season, soil, sun and supplements — necessary to promote its growth

With each satisfying crunch, broccoli delivers great-tasting nutrition and a slew of health-promoting benefits. It is low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. Broccoli also contains fiber, which is vital to your digestive health. As one of the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is a close relative of Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower.


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