Carew, H. John Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
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A cool-season biennial crucifer, Brassica oleracea var. italica, of Mediterranean origin. Broccoli belongs to the plant order Capparales. It is grown for its thick branching flower stalks that terminate in clusters of loose green flower buds (see illustration). Stalks and buds are cooked as a vegetable or may be processed in either canned or frozen form. Cultural practices for broccoli are similar to those used for cabbage. See also: Cabbage; Capparales
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