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Title: Beautiful Broccoli

Beautiful Broccoli
Why should you eat broccoli?
  • A ½ cup of cooked broccoli is
  • An excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C,
    vitamin K, and folate.
  • A good source of fiber.
  • A ½ cup of fresh broccoli is
  • An excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K.

Vitamin A
Vitamin K
  • Is the clotmaster!
  • Remember the last time you got a cut?
  • Your blood did something special called clotting.
  • This is when certain cells in your blood act like
    glue and stick together at the surface of the cut
    to help stop the bleeding.

What does the dark green color of broccoli mean?
  • The dark green color means it has lots on
  • Foods high in nutrients can help you fight
    certain diseases.

  • Is a B vitamin that works with other B vitamins
    to help make and support body cells.
  • Our bodies are made up of about 60-90 trillion
  • Folate is important in preventing some birth
    defects and making healthy red blood cells.

Here is a diagram of broccoli
Home Grown Broccoli Facts
  • California is the number one producer of broccoli
    in the United States. We produce more than 90
    of the nations crop.
  • Broccoli is available all year long in
  • It is grown in four areas the south desert
    valley (Imperial and Riverside counties) the
    southern coast (Ventura, San Luis Obispo and
    Santa Barbara counties), central coast (Monterey,
    San Benito and Santa Cruz counties) and the
    Central Valley (Fresno, Kern, Stanislaus and
    Tulare counties).

Broccoli looks like a tiny tree!
Go to www.harvestofthemonth.comand Educators
Cornerfor this great map of California showing
each county and the many different crops and farm
animals each has.We are very, very lucky to
live in a state that can grow so many different
crops and support so many farm animals. Some
states have such short growing seasons, they can
only grow one or two crops.
A Spear of Broccoli History
  • Broccoli has been around for 2000 years.
  • It has been in the United States for only 200
  • The son of Roman Emperor Tiberius loved broccoli
    so much that he refused to eat all other foods
    except broccoli for an entire month!

Just the Facts
  • Broccoli was first grown in Calabrese, Italy and
  • called brocco means branch
  • or arm in Italian.
  • Broccoli is the plural form of
  • brocco and refers to the many
  • flower-like shoots that form the
  • head of the plant.

Broccoli in bloom
  • If allowed to grow longer, broccoli will bloom
    into beautiful yellow flowers.

More Facts
  • Broccoli is one of the most popular garden
    vegetables because it is very easy to grow.
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals it is also known as
    the Crown Jewel of Nutrition.

This variety is called Romanesco. Doesnt it
look like a space creature or a space ship!
Sprouting Broccoli
  • Sprouting broccoli comes in both green and
    purple. It is also called calabrese broccoli.

Quiz Time
  • One half cup of cooked broccoli is an excellent
    source of vitamins ___, ___ and ____.
  • A, C and K
  • What does the dark green color of broccoli tell
  • It is very high in nutrients.
  • You can only get broccoli in the summer time.
    True or False
  • False. You can get it all year round in
  • What does brocco mean in Italian?
  • Branch or arm
  • When eating broccoli, you are eating a flower.
    True or False
  • True. If not picked and allowed to keep
    growing, the broccoli would flower.

See how smart you are!!