When it comes to vegetables, broccoli is one of the healthiest. But the plant’s nutrients aren’t stored only in their tops, but the stems and leaves are actually more nutrient dense than the flowers. It’s abundant in antioxidants, vitamin A, C, E, calcium, and magnesium.
30 grams of broccoli leaves contain 90% of the vitamin A your body needs in a day. Vitamin A is crucial for eyesight and proper immune function. The same amount of leaves contains 43% of your daily dose of vitamin C. Next time you cook a broccoli flower, chop some leaves up and throw it in too.
The stalks are incredibly good for you too. They have a fairly sweet taste and contain a ton of fiber – more than the flower itself. Chop the stalks smaller and cook a bit longer than the tops and you’ll have perfectly cooked, tender broccoli.