Broccoli

Brassica oleracea var. italica

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Broccoli - You do not focus on self-expression The answer you planted into the twenty fifth of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Raising Doubts project. Latin name: Brassica oleracea Artist family: Neutral 123 Zaden, Zadenbank Velt

Description

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large, flowering head is eaten as a vegetable. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means "the flowering crest of a cabbage", and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning "small nail" or "sprout". Broccoli is a result of careful breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the 6th century BC. Since the Roman Empire broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians. It was first introduced to the United States by Italian immigrants, but did not become widely known there until the 1920s.