It seems there’s a new trendy vegetable every season. Last year, it was the ever-talked about kale. This season? It’s the broccoflower.
Haven’t heard of it? Well you can bet you will soon. In fact, you’ll probably see it on your weekly grocery trip this week, now that you know the name.
Broccoflower looks like a bright green head of cauliflower. That’s because it’s actually part broccoli, part cauliflower – a man-made hybrid that mixes the two veggies. Most say it doesn’t taste much like either types of produce. It’s sweeter than the taste broccoli offers, yet it doesn’t have the raw, mealy taste of cauliflower either it’s a whole new animal!
The first broccoflower was grown in Holland, but it’s been growing in popularity among American farmers for the last 20 years. It can be eaten raw, like both of its parent veggies, or it can be cooked and softened if that’s preferred.
Health Benefits of Broccoflower
Since broccoflower is the mix of two powerhouse veggies, it’s not hard to guess that it’s high in health benefits, too. In fact, the broccoflower is downright packed with nutrients that can heal your body, improve your health and boost your wellness.
- Is loaded with vitamins and minerals – Broccoflowers have loads of folic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and more. It’s also full of protein, which is great for strengthening your muscles and keeping your energy levels up.
- Is low in calories – You can eat a full cup of broccoflower and consume only a mere 25 calories. This makes it a great choice if you’re looking to lose weight, as you can cut down on caloric intake without feeling starved or unsatisfied. They also contain absolutely no fat, so you don’t have to worry about that either!
- Can improve circulatory health – The broccoflower is known to improve the circulatory system, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and regulating blood sugar levels.
- Helps with weight loss – In addition to being low in calories, broccoflowers can also help with weight loss thanks to their high fiber content. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer, and it keeps you from overeating or giving into those unwanted afternoon cravings. It’s a great way to keep your caloric intake low, while still feeling satisfied all day long.
- Prevents cancer – Cruciferous veggies have long been known to have cancer-fighting properties. For one, they have lots of anti-cancer compounds called glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, and they’re full of phytochemicals. They’re also loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants which can prevent all sorts of cancer, including lung, ovarian and colon.
- Strengthen your bones – Because it has lots of calcium (more than a full glass of milk!), broccoflowers can help with bone health too, and they can even prevent issues like osteoporosis.
- Strengthen your immune system – Thanks to its high levels of vitamins and antioxidants, broccoflower is also a known immune booster. It can help your body ward off infections, disease, bacteria, colds, flus and more.
Broccoflowers can also improve your eyesight, promote faster healing, boost lung health, support cognitive function, lower chances of depression, alleviate constipation and more.
Aside from all this, broccoflower actually tastes pretty good, too. It makes a great side, addition to a meal or even just a snack in a pinch.
Buying and Eating Broccoflower
You can usually find broccoflowers year round in any grocery store, as they are not specific to any one season. To find a good one, simply look for a head with no brown spots and no wilted leaves. When you get it home, store it unwashed and uncut in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
As far as eating broccoflower goes, you can pretty much prepare it any way you would a regular head of cauliflower. You can eat it raw and dip it in hummus or a healthy sauce. You blanch it, saute it with garlic, or add it to a stir fry with some bell peppers, onions and chicken breast.
It’s also good as the base for a cream soup, or it can be boiled, mashed, salted and served up like a bowl of mashed potatoes. This makes a great low-carb alternative to traditional potato dishes.
A super creative way to use broccoflower? Make a healthy pizza crust with it. Just steam it, throw into a blender and blend until very fine. Squeeze out the excess water in a paper towel, add in one egg, a handful of oat flour, some salt, garlic powder and Italian spices and mix up thoroughly. Flatten onto a parchment-covered baking sheet and pop in the over for about 15 minutes on 450. Then, flip it, cook the other side for another 15 minutes, and top with your favorite ingredients. It’s healthy, indulgent and great for a meal or snack!
Have you ever tried broccoflower before? If so, let me know your favorite way to eat it in the comments!
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