The exact origin and inventor of broccoli is unknown. The earliest documented cultivation of broccoli dates back to ancient times, when it was developed in Calabaria, Italy.
There is a common misconception that broccoli was developed by a an Italian family with the surname Broccoli in the 18th century in Italy. There is very little evidence to support this myth, according to Swampy Acres Farm. Although broccoli has been around for many centuries, it has only been grown widely in the United States for the past 50 years. Broccoli is part of the cabbage family. The cabbage family also includes vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy and kale.