Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» has55's R & D Journey
by trolleydriver Today at 8:00 am

» Julia Child's French Onion Soup
by sanderson Today at 2:54 am

» Indoor Container Garden - City Living
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:20 pm

» California's Drought
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:26 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Roseinarosecity Yesterday at 10:03 pm

» Air Fryer! HELP!
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 5:48 pm

» Sweet Potatoes
by No_Such_Reality Yesterday at 5:36 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in December 2017
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:12 pm

» Areogardening
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 1:45 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:55 am

» What's Up? Yukon gold potatoes!
by saganco Yesterday at 11:11 am

» N&C MW; Deep Winter December/January 2017-2018
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:57 pm

» Garden Clean-Up/Preparation
by Scorpio Rising 12/15/2017, 7:53 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by CapeCoddess 12/15/2017, 1:50 pm

» CarbSmart (tm) Potatoes
by sanderson 12/15/2017, 1:41 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by Kelejan 12/15/2017, 7:51 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by Scorpio Rising 12/14/2017, 10:42 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by Robbomb116 12/14/2017, 4:03 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 12/14/2017, 11:01 am

» New England December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/14/2017, 6:32 am

» jalapeno variety question?
by brianj555 12/13/2017, 6:03 pm

» Sauerkraut & fermenting veggies
by brianj555 12/13/2017, 5:28 pm

» Tomato Questions
by sanderson 12/13/2017, 3:04 pm

» Mid-South: December 2017
by AtlantaMarie 12/13/2017, 8:24 am

» New Composter - Need Help Filling Correctly
by saganco 12/12/2017, 9:10 pm

» December Avatar: 'Tis The Season!
by sanderson 12/12/2017, 2:29 pm

» The Research Journey:cardboard covering of newly planted seeds
by saganco 12/12/2017, 1:15 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 12/11/2017, 6:39 pm

» Winter Sowing vs. Winter Growing
by countrynaturals 12/11/2017, 11:44 am

» Mushroom in my lettuce!
by Scorpio Rising 12/10/2017, 10:40 pm


Search SFG Forum

Eating broccoli plants

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Eating broccoli plants

Post  boffer on 5/21/2013, 10:10 am

Not just the crown and shoots, but the leaves and stem as well. The broccoli 'flowers' that we eat comprise about 20% of the plant's mass. I used to compost or feed the rest of the plant to my chickens. But now that I'm growing 25-50 plants in the spring and fall, that's a lot of valuable produce to be discarding. Here is a nutritional label for 1 ounce of raw broccoli leaves. The label came from here. Check out the amount of Vitamins A and C.

As a starting place, the youngest leaves on the plant work well in fresh salads. The medium size leaves are perfect as a substitute for cabbage in cabbage rolls, or just steamed. The older, bigger leaves are good for throwing into soups and stews (They add great color to bean soups). The main stalk can be peeled and the inside eaten raw as a snack or dipped into veggie dips.

Last year, I juiced and froze a bunch of leaves to add to winter carrot juices. A little bit goes a long way; it can easily overpower everything else in the juice.

I've made broccoli rolls that are quite good.

This year I'm going to bag up and freeze some leaves to have ready for next winter's soups. The majority of recommendations that I've found are to blanch the leaves first.

Cauliflower, brussel sprout, and cabbage leaves can all be used the same ways.

Share your favorite method for eating broccoli plants.

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 64
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Eating broccoli plants

Post  FamilyGardening on 5/21/2013, 3:13 pm

Boffer this is excellent Very Happy information!

We new you could eat the leaves of broc and cabbage...did know that you also could eat cauliflowers leaves too.....maybe thats a given.... Wink .....but wow....90% v-A and 43% v-C Shocked ....that really makes one think more about not worrying to much that we are unable to grow our own oranges here in the PNW Razz

when throwing these leaves into the compost bin, I have always had a feeling of such waste.....one reason I want chickens so bad...but thats another story.... tongue

We believe one day sooner then later we are really going to depend and need every bit of produce we can harvest from our own gardens.....

as soon as our cole crops are big enough we shall harvest some broc leaves and make wraps with them :drunken:

happy gardening

Female Posts : 2424
Join date : 2011-05-10
Location : Western WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Eating broccoli plants

Post  SFGHealthCoach on 8/19/2013, 7:14 pm

You can eat the broccoli flowers too - some of our farmers package them in little plastic clamshells and sell them!  Intense flavor - yum & kids love them!

Using all of these leaves as a wrap is easy and so good for you.
Vitamins A, C, E & K - Calcium, chlorophyll, magnesium - greens rock - juice it and use it!!!!

Great ideas here!

Female Posts : 81
Join date : 2012-08-23
Age : 59
Location : East Coast

View user profile http://www.fromyourinsideout.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Eating broccoli plants

Post  walshevak on 8/19/2013, 7:32 pm

Peel and shred the stalks and use the same way you do shredded cabbage for a broccoli slaw.  Sliced stalks are also great for stir fry.  Saves the florets for eating raw with dips.



Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4362
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Eating broccoli plants

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum