Broccoli has been cultivated for more than 2000 years. Cultivation is believed to
have originated in Calabria, Italian. This is the origin of the Italian name
Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, and Kale are all of the exact same
species of plant! Many folks don't believe this as they look so different.... but how
does a Chihuhua compare to a Great Dane?
The name "broccoli" comes for the Latin word brachium, which means "branch,"
or "arm." Broccoli has only been grown in America for about 200 years and for
much of that time it was considered exotic. Until the 1920's, was virtually unknown
by most Americans. Broccoli production in the U.S. increased 700% betwen 1971
and 1991 and is continuing today. The Salinas valley in California dominates U.S.
Broccoli is a "cool weather" crop and does poorly in hot weather. Because it is
tolerant to cold, it is available year 'round in the U.S.
Broccoli is good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, folacin, iron and fiber.
Broccoli has as much calcium ounce per ounce as milk and containscancer
fighthing compounds including various phytochemicals: beta-carotene, indoles
The American film producer, Albert R. Broccoli, (April 5, 1909 - June 27, 1996)
famous for producing the James Bond movies, claimed his family invented
Broccoli. This has been judged a highly dubious claim by most experts.
President George H.W. Bush was famous for stating in 1990:
"I do not like broccoli, and I haven't liked it since I was a little kid, and my mother
made me eat it, and I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat
any more broccoli."
This statement enraged U.S. broccoli farmers in California who, within a week had
shipeed ten tons of broccoli to Washington D.C. in protest. It was then donated to
local homeless shelters.
In 2001, his son, President George W. Bush had his own broccoli incident. In 2001,
while visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox in Mexico, a reporter asked
President Bush what he thought of broccoli. He gave a "thumbs down" and said
"Make it Cauliflower." Perhaps he didn't realize President Fox's family owns a
large broccoli farm in Mexico.