In Season: Fall Produce-Broccoli & Cauliflower

Broccoli & Cauliflower are in season in both Spring & Fall! They also happen to be the New Hampshire Harvest of the Month for September.  Check out these tips and recipes:

Storage & Preparation

Store in the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag for 5-10 days. Do not wash before storing and make sure the heads are dry.

To freeze: blanch and place in a labeled and dated freezer-grade bag. Frozen broccoli and cauliflower will keep for about a year.

Wash broccoli and cauliflower thoroughly and trim off just the end of the stem. If the outer layer of the broccoli stalk is tough, peel it.   When cooking cauliflower, add milk or lemon juice to maintain whiteness.  Both broccoli and cauliflower are excellent stir-fry vegetables and may be substituted for each other in most recipes. To keep broccoli’s bright green color, cook it quickly and leave the pan uncovered for the first few minutes of cooking.

Broccoli and cauliflower can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or roasted and absorb flavors well. Their “heads” are comprised of flower buds. If eating the veggies raw, experiment with dipping sauces, such as hummus; if eating them cooked, try a stir fry!

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Broccoli & Cauliflower

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Crazy Curly Broccoli Bake Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgBake It. Anytime you’re considering frying … chances are you can bake it instead!

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: About the Stalks. Yes, they’re nutritious too! Cube broccoli stalks and add to your favorite soup or casserole for a boost of nutrition. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgAbout the Stalks. Yes, they’re nutritious too! Cube broccoli stalks and add to your favorite soup or casserole for a boost of nutrition.

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Perfect in Pasta. Blanche broccoli florets and add to your favorite whole wheat pasta salad before chilling, or toss with a little olive oil and add to hot pasta for a delicious and filling dish. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgPerfect in Pasta. Blanche florets and add to your favorite whole wheat pasta salad before chilling, or toss with a little olive oil and add to hot pasta for a delicious and filling dish.

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Broccoli Red Pepper Stir Fry Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgStir-Fry. Broccoli & cauliflower are great additions to any stir-fry; it adds nutrition, flavor and texture.
Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Steam It. Steaming locks in nutrition and color so your plate looks as good as it is good for you. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSteam It. Steaming locks in nutrition and color so your plate looks as good as it is good for you.

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Surprise the Kids. The easiest way to get your kids to eat broccoli is to add it to a dish that they already like. Just mix it, blend it, toss it and cover it up! If your kids already like broccoli … add a little more! Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSurprise the Kids. The easiest way to get your kids to eat broccoli or cauliflower is to add it to a dish they already like. Just mix it, blend it, and toss it! If your kids already like broccoli … add a little more!

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Grate in Slaw! Literally … grate it … just like you would cabbage. Grate broccoli stalks and use them instead of [or in addition to] cabbage in your favorite cole slaw recipe. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgGrate in Slaw! Literally … grate it … just like you would cabbage. Grate broccoli stalks and use them instead of [or in addition to] cabbage in your favorite cole slaw recipe.

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Broccoli Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgRight Out of the Bag. Raw broccoli or cauliflower is great for snacking, dipping or munching.  It also adds a little crunch to green or fruit salads. So toss some on!
Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Aromatic Roasted Cauliflower Soup Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSoups. Make your soups mean something! Adding lots of broccoli, cauliflower,  and other vegetables to almost any soup adds nutrition, flavor and texture, resulting in a very satisfying dish.
Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Broccoli: Broccoli & Eggs. Add some color and nutrition to your breakfast or brunch! Toss some broccoli into a frittata or quiche, or fold a handful into your omelette. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgBroccoli & Eggs. Add some color and nutrition to your breakfast or brunch! Toss some broccoli into a frittata or quiche, or fold a handful into your omelet.

 

Recipes

Broccoli Soup

Cauliflower Gratin

Broccoli & Cauliflower Ribbon Salad

Curried Quinoa & Cauliflower

Cauliflower Tacos

 

Information from: NH Harvest of the Month & SNAP-Ed Connection