Also called as 'Green Cauliflower', broccoli is a member of the cabbage family. The word broccoli is derived from the Italian word broccolo, which means the 'flowering top of the cabbage'. It has large flowery heads similar to a cauliflower; usually green in colour. These heads are arranged in a tree-like structure.
The flower heads are carefully secured under the protection of the plant's leaves.Broccoli is either consumed by boiling or steamed, but it may also be eaten raw. The leaves are also consumed with great interest. To keep the nutritional properties intact, it is cooked at a low cooking temperature.