About Fresh Broccoli | Malta
Fresh broccoli is a common green plant, that is used as a vegetable used by many cultures and countries around the world – it is a member of the cabbage family, along with cauliflower (click for more information about fresh cauliflower). Broccoli is considered to have originated in Italy, where it had been eaten by the ancient Romans since at least the 6th Century BC. In fact, it’s name is derived from the Italian word Broccolo, meaning ‘flowering head’.
This humble green is very versatile and can be boiled, roasted, grilled, as well as making up an integral part of many soups, side dishes, Asian cuisines and curries. Steaming, microwaving and stir frying broccoli is the best way to cook it to retain the maximum amount of its vitamins and nutrients, with boiling considerably reducing it’s nutritional value.
Fresh broccoli is an incredibly nutritious, low calorie, plant, containing high levels of Vitamin C (1 cup of chopped broccoli has as much Vitamin A as a whole orange), and very high levels of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to help fight cancer in your body, as well as keeping your eyes healthy by staving off glaucoma and other eye-related diseases. It also promotes healthy skin, bones and teeth. A big plus for Vitamin A in hot countries like Malta is that it also helps to break down urinary stones, which occur frequently in the summer heat and due to dehydration.
Broccoli also contains a flavonoid known as Kaempferol, which is an anti-inflammatory that helps fight against heart disease and cancer. This flavanoid has also be shown to help prevent Type 2 diabetes in adults.
Despite being a staple food in the Mediterranean and originating there, the number 1 producer of Broccoli is actually China. There are 3 types of broccoli that are commonly grown in Europe and the Mediterranean in particular – the Calabrese broccoli, referred to simply as “broccoli”, named after Calabria in Italy, which is the strain of broccoli we see most commonly in the supermarket; Sprouting Broccoli and Purple Broccoli. There are many other varieties grown in other parts of the world, with ‘Chinese Broccoli’ being a common speciality export.
The vast majority of fresh broccoli in Malta is imported, as it is a plant that prefers to grow in cooler weather and does poorly with the hot summers in Malta. Whilst broccoli can be found in supermarkets for a large portion of the year, it is best when it is in season and the flower heads are large and vibrantly green. If you’re craving broccoli but can’t find it fresh, frozen broccoli is a staple item in supermarket freezers and retains most of it’s nutrients since it is frozen right after being picked. Learn more about frozen vegetables here.
Where to buy fresh Broccoli in Malta
You can buy fresh broccoli in Malta from Park Towers Supermarkets in St Julian’s and St Venera. Park Towers Supermarkets stocks a wide variety of fresh vegetables which includes broccoli for a large portion of the year. When broccoli is out of season, you can also find fresh frozen broccoli in the frozen food aisle, which is long lasting and just as healthy. For reliable, high quality fresh broccoli at great value for money, check out Park Towers Supermarket.
Park Towers Supermarkets | St Venera | San Giljan Malta
Park Towers Supermarkets | Fresh broccoli on the Map | St Venera | San Giljan Malta
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