|
The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Broccoli: The Tree of Life

  • High in vitamin C, beta carotene and antioxidants, broccoli is in full force in January.
    • email print
  • If broccoli were a tree, it would be an oak, guardian of the vegetable forest. Since the Roman Empire, it has served legions of Italians as a dependable and surprisingly versatile element of the culinary landscape.
    Why then, stateside, is it so thoroughly misunderstood? Mostly, bad preparation. If thereís one way to make a lifelong enemy of broccoli, itís by cooking it into mushy, army-green oblivionóa sight many of us are still trying to erase from our childhood memories.
    One of the best ways to keep it crisp is a quick steam (3 to 4 minutes) until itís barely fork tender and a bright, emerald green. Then youíre ready for everything from stir-fries to pasta dishes to casseroles.
    Still not convinced? Try cheese and broccoli, a great combo that creates some great gateway dishes for finicky children and spouses. Also, try roasting it, which brings out bold, caramelized flavors that can convert non-believers into lifelong fans.
    ó<em>Story by Jim Myers, a food writer in Nashville, Tenn.</em>
    Brought to you by: <a href="http://relish.com">Relish</a>

        calendar