Broccoli originated in Asia Minor and in the country of Italy. The vegetable broccoli is a type of cabbage.
Broccoli became a popular food in Italy during the reign of the Roman Empire. The flowering green head of the broccoli plant is edible.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. A 3.5-ounce serving contains an average of 34 calories and 2.82 grams of protein.
There are 3 types of broccoli grown throughout the world. Broccoli does not grow well in hot temperatures and is a cool-weather plant.
As of 2015, the largest producers of broccoli are China and India.