Inflorescent Vegetables

Broccoli & Cauliflower at Underwood Farms.

Broccoli & Cauliflower at Underwood Farms.

Inflorescent vegetables, what a name.  I know I had never heard them called that before.  The first thing I think about when I see a word like inflorescent is that it has something to do with glowing.  In a way I guess it does, those colors are quite vivid.  However, no, that is not what it is referring to.  More to the point these veggies are actually edible flowers.

Cauliflower (any color), broccoli, broccolini, and artichoke are all flowers.  Broccoli in particular contain large cancer fighting properties more than any other cruciferous.  They contain high amounts of sulforaphane, a potent compound that boosts your bodies protective enzymes and flushes out cancer causing chemicals.  At the University of Michigan, found that sulforaphane also targets cancer stem cells that promote tumor growth.

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