What are the pieces of broccoli called?
Broccoli has two main edible parts, the florets — the dark green forest-y tops which are actually undeveloped flower buds — and the stalk — the pale green undercarriage like the trunk of a tree.
How do you floret a broccoli?
First, cut the stem off the large floret very close to the base, where the green buds start to form. Then, in a similar way to when you cut the large florets down, use a knife to carefully slice partway into the base, holding the floret upside down on the cutting board. Pull apart the floret.
How do you cut broccoli florets?
To chop broccoli, first lay the broccoli on its side on a cutting board. Then, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the florets away from the stalk. Chop the florets into smaller pieces by cutting them in half lengthwise. Don’t throw away the stalk from the broccoli.
How do I cut broccoli into florets?
Hold the broccoli with the stem facing up on a cutting board and use your knife to remove the florets from the crown, leaving about 1 inch of stem on each piece. When you get to the center of the crown, place the stem flat on the cutting board and cut down to separate the large bunch of florets from the thick stem.
What is the best part of broccoli to eat?
Some people prefer broccoli florets, but you can eat the leaves and stems, too. The stalk contains the most fiber, while broccoli leaves are highest in cell-protecting antioxidants, vitamins E and K, and calcium. At the store or farmers market, look for fresh broccoli with dark green or purple, not yellow, florets.
Which part of broccoli is edible?
The fluffy little florets—the buds at the top of the stalk that pick up texture and absorb flavors and seasoning beautifully—get all of the love. But the stems can absolutely be eaten if you treat them right, and are completely delicious—like the florets, but more mild and sweet, almost like kohlrabi.