Sometimes it can seem frustrating to try a new recipe and not know how much of an ingredient to purchase at the store. Sometimes they give you a quantity of broccoli in volume (2 cups), sometimes as a weight (12 ounces) and still others the broccoli is given as a produce description (4 large heads). But what are they really talking about? So how much is in a broccoli head?
In order to figure out "how much is in a head of broccoli?" we took a trip to the grocery store to check out the produce selection. We determined that the typical size of broccoli is a medium head about 9 ounces in weight. This is what we chose to use for our test sample.
When we removed the broccoli florets from the medium head, we consistently ended up with 3 1/2 cups of veggies to use. When slicing the stems, 1 broccoli head yielded about 2 cups of stems for cooking. If you need a full pound of broccoli for your recipe, then you will need to purchase about 11/2 medium heads.
Did you know that broccoli originated in Italy off of the Mediterranean in the 6th century BC but today China is the top producer at over 8 million tons a year. Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and its name is derived from an Italian word meaning "arm."
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of broccoli florets or sliced stems you'll know how much you need to purchase at the store to cover it. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how much broccoli is in a..." measurements you need.
When selecting broccoli, look for thick heads of compact, tiny bud clusters that are evenly dark green (or with purplish tint) in color; it should have a fresh aroma and a firm but tender stalk.
Keep unwashed from the garden or market, trimming only the large leaves. Store in a perforated plastic bag in the humid crisper section of the refrigerator, where it will keep 7 to 10 days.
Blanched broccoli may be refrigerated covered, but it quickly loses its texture; use as soon as possible.
Wash, trim, peel, and cut lengthwise into 3/4 inch thick pieces. Blanch for 3 minutes, and plunge into cold water for 3 minutes. Drain and pack into freezer bags. It will keep 8 to 12 months at 0°F (-17.8°C).
The more common varieties of broccoli are: Sprouting Broccoli (most common in U.S. stores), Purple Broccoli, Broccolini (cross between broccoli and kale), Broccoflower (cross between broccoli and cauliflower), Chinese Broccoli, Romanesco Broccoli, and Broccoli Sprouts.
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